Planetary Protection Officer

That’s right, NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) with a salary of $124,406 – $187,000 depending on experience. “The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA’s planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection,” said NASA. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“In reality, the role realistically entails the responsibility of ensuring that any returning space missions aren’t contaminated with bacteria from other planets that could potentially prove hazardous to life on Earth. So it’s still saving the planet – but just not on the Men In Black scale that you may have expected,” reports Yahoo News.