A 9-year-old boy applies for a job as planetary protection officer. NASA responds. – Sacramento Bee

When NASA posted a job opening for the role of planetary protection officer earlier this week, the agency set one year of experience as a top-civilian government employee and an advanced degree in science or mathematics as its required qualifications.

Well, 9-year-old Jack Davis has neither of those, but he has seen many space movies and is great at video games – so he applied anyway.

Jack, a fourth-grader in New Jersey who described himself as a “Guardian of the Galaxy” in his signature, sent NASA a hand-written letter Thursday asking to be considered for the job, which involves the prevention of alien contamination during space missions.

He received a phone call from Planetary Research Director Jonathan Rall and a letter in response, according to a press release issued Friday. Both congratulated Jack on his interest and encouraged him to do well in school.

“I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space movies and alien movies I can see,” Jack wrote in his letter.

A 9-year-old boy applies for a job as planetary protection officer. NASA responds. – Sacramento Bee