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Nasa seeks planetary protection officer to protect Earth from aliens

Staff Writer |
Nasa is looking to appoint a new planetary protection officer (PPO), whose main job will be to safeguard the Earth from alien life.

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According to the job opening posted on the US Office of Personnel Management website, the PPO will be responsible for avoiding "organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration."

Biological contamination could happen through two ways, namely through spacecraft returning to Earth and its biosphere, and vice-versa.

The advertisement was posted on July 13, but drew attention only after it was posted on social media.

US citizens with a degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics can apply for the newly opened position, which offers an annual salary between $124,406 and $187,000 and requires frequent travel.

The candidate would also need to have experience in "space programmes of national significance."

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