来源:VOA 2019-02-22



Nine-Year-Old Applies for NASA Job

This is Whats Trending Today.

Last week, the American space agency NASA announced it was looking for aPlanetary Protection Officer.”

Many people discussed the job on social media. The Washington Post called the jobs titleone of the greatest ever conceived.”

Most people thought the job seemed like something out of a movie. Action stars like Bruce Willis inArmageddonor Will Smith inMen in BlackorIndependence Dayseem like they would be good candidates for the job.

After NASA published the job description, a nine-year-old boy from the state of New Jersey wrote a letter to NASA. He told the space agency that he believes he is the right person for the job.

The boy, Jack Davis, used a pencil and a white sheet of paper to write the letter. In it, he wrote: “I may be nine, but I think I would be a good fitmy sister says I am an alien. Also, I have seen all the space and alien movies I can see.”

Because he is still so young, Jack wrote, he can easily learn tothink like an alien.”

Jack signed the letter with his official title: “Guardian of the Galaxy.”

The job, however, is more about science and biology and less about fighting aliens. ThePlanetary Protection Officermust make sure that NASA does not bring invasive species or plants to other planets, and does not return from trips to space with anything that might harm Earth.

Someone has been doing this job for NASA since the 1960s.

NASA posted Jacks letter on its website.


James Green is the director of NASAs Planetary Science Division. He responded to young Jack.

He explained that the person with the job protects Earth fromtiny microbes when we bring samples back from the moon, asteroids and Mars.”

Green also wrote that NASA is always looking for scientists and engineers. He advised the boy tostudy hard and do well in school,” and wrotewe hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”

Jonathan Rall is NASAs Planetary Research Director. He called Jack to congratulate him on his interest in the job.

A physicist named Sophia Nasr commented on Jacks letter. She wrote on Twitter: “I adore NASAs response to the young boy…” and included a heart emoji.

And thats Whats Trending Today.

Im Dan Friedell.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.




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