Fourth-grader Jack Davis of New Jersey may only be nine, but that's not stopping him for reaching for the stars...quite literally.
As a self-proclaimed "Guardian of the Galaxy," Jack wrote a letter to NASA to express his interest in a position that the agency has had since the 1960s--Planetary Protection Officer. The position has generated a new wave of enthusiasm in recent days, however, since NASA shared posted an opening for the job.
In the hand-written letter, Jack wrote, "I may be nine but I think I would fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see. I have also seen the show Marvel Agents of Shield and hope to see the movie "Men in Black." I am great at vidieo [sic] games. I am young, so I can learn to like like an alien."
The adorable letter caught the attention of Dr. James L. Green, the director of the Planetary Science Division, who penned an encouraging letter back to the precocious nine-year-old.
"Our Planetary Protection Officer position is really cool and is very important work," he wrote. "It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System. We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!"
But the letter wasn't the only surprise awaiting Jack, who also received a phone call from NASA's Planteary Research Director, Jonathan Rall at NASA HQ in Washington, to congratulate him on his interest in the position.