FOR THE LEX­I­CON

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“Plan­e­tary Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer.” Yes, this is real. NASA is now advertising for an of­fi­cial, full-time plan­e­tary pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer.

“This po­si­tion is as­signed to Of­fice of Safety and Mis­sion As­sur­ance for Plan­e­tary Pro­tec­tion. Plan­e­tary pro­tec­tion is con­cerned with the avoid­ance of or­ganic-con­stituent and bi­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion in hu­man and ro­botic space ex­plo­ration,” the fed­eral space notes.

The salary range for the job is $124,406 to $187,000 per year. The three-year ap­point­ment also re­quires the ap­pli­cant to be el­i­gi­ble for a se­cret clear­ance.

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