We all had wild dreams when we were younger that were borne from our viewing of movies. Some of us wanted to be Iron Man, or some of us wanted to open our own Jurassic Park, but very rarely did our dreams extend beyond the initial theoretical phase. However one young lad from America decided to take his dreams at least one level higher than we ever did, and received some nice encouragement in return.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently advertised for a job as Planetary Protection Officer, attracting great interest from plenty of candidates worldwide. One such applicant, was nine-year-old Jack Davis, who sent in his application by way of a handwritten note that outlined the reasons that he should be considered.
“My name is Jack Davis, I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job,” he began. “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’s Agents of SHIELD and hope to see the movie Men In Black,” he continued. “I am great at video games. I am young, so I can learn to think like an alien,” he wrote, before signing off with adding “Guardian of the Galaxy, fourth grade” at the end.
The note was noticed by NASA’s James L. Green, who responded to Jack’s letter. “I hear you are a “Guardian of the Galaxy” and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great,” Green began. “Our Planetary Protection Office position is really cool and is very important work. It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars.”
“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!”
Davis also recieved a phone call from NASA’s Planetary Research Director, Jonathan Rall at NASA Headquarters in Washington, who called to congratulate him on his interest. Hopefully this will inspire young Jack to continue his studies so that he may indeed one day be a “Guardian of the Galaxy”, or at the very least, Chris Pratt’s co-star in the inevitable future sequels for the movie.
Check out Jack’s letter, and NASA’s official response, below.
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