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Is this not the perfect job for Al Gore? After all, shouldn’t we have a big green man on hand to greet little green men?

NASA is hiring a ‘planetary protection officer’ to guard us against alien life — and vice versa

There’s a vacancy at NASA, and it may have one of the greatest job titles ever conceived: planetary protection officer.

It pays well, between $124,000 and $187,000 annually. You get to work with really smart people as part of the three- to five-year appointment but don’t have to manage anyone. And your work could stave off an alien invasion of Earth or, more important, protect other planets from us. . .

So how does the one-person Planetary Protection Office fit in with NASA’s broader objectives?

The job announcement is rather dense. But Catharine Conley, the NASA scientist who has been in this role for three years, has spoken candidly about its scope and responsibilities, telling Scientific American in 2014 that her focus is to ensure that the agency’s activity complies with a 50-year-old international treaty that set standards for preventing biological contamination outside of Earth and safeguarding the planet’s biosphere from any alien life.

And if they are hostile aliens, wouldn’t having to deal with Al Gore be plenty of deterrent against wanting to take over the planet?

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