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NASA’s planetary protection officer will defend Mars, not Earth

NASA wants to hire a new planetary protection officer – but if you are dreaming of joining the Men in Black to defend Earth from alien attack, it’s probably not the job for you. That’s because it’s not really Earth that needs protection, but everywhere else in the solar system. “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration,” reads the NASA job posting. In plain English, it’s about microbes.

Read More: New Scientist

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