This 9-Year-Old Boy Sent NASA the Greatest Cover Letter in the Galaxy

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Last week, NASA announced that it’s looking for a Planetary Protection Officer to keep alien germs in outer space and to keep human germs inside our atmosphere.

The actual job listing was a little more detailed and included a few more responsibilities, but that was the general gist.

Articles about the bizarre (but totally legitimate) listing made their rounds on the internet, and a lot of people laughed and questioned the sincerity of the job itself. (I mean, it does sound like something straight out of a comic book, doesn’t it?)

But, amidst all the jokes and Will Smith references, there was one person who took the job opportunity very, very seriously.


Guardian of the Galaxy, Reporting for Duty

Jack Davis, a 9-year-old from New Jersey, wrote and submitted what might be the best cover letter in existence.

“Dear NASA, My name is Jack Davis, and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job,” the handwritten letter begins. “I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job.”

Are you convinced yet? I’m pretty sold. Somebody get this guy a space suit.

Jack goes on to list his qualifications, as any seasoned job-hunter would do. Among his convincing accomplishments?

“My sister says I am an alien,” and “I have seen almost all of the space and alien movies I can see,” including Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he notes. He hopes to see “Men in Black” someday, too.

I’d definitely at least let Jack through to the second round. Dude makes a convincing argument.

Knowing that a good cover letter requires a little wow-factor right at the end, Jack holds nothing back. “I’m great at vidieo [sic] games,” he writes, before throwing in one final (and arguably the most important) qualification: “I am young, so I can learn to think like an alien.”

Eager to learn, moldable and up to snuff with new technology — a prime candidate.

Jack signed the letter with his full name and official (I’m assuming) title:

“Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy.”

Not Every Applicant Gets a Personalized Response

In response to the earnest and impressive application, NASA’s Planetary Science Director Dr. James L. Green wrote a letter of his own.

“Dear Jack, I hear you’re a ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!” Green begins.

He goes on to explain a little more about what the job entails, and then tells Jack that NASA is “always looking for bright future scientists and engineers” and that he hopes Jack will study hard and do well in school. “We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!” the letter concludes.

Jack also received a call from NASA’s Planetary Research Director, Jonathan Rall, congratulating him on his interest in becoming the Planetary Protection Officer.

In an article posted on NASA’s website about the exchange, Green talks about his enthusiasm for teaching and inspiring a new generation of scientists, engineers and explorers: “Think of it as a gravity assist — a boost that may positively and forever change a person’s course in life, and our footprint in the universe.”

Wherever he ends up, we know Jack will do just fine — with cover letter writing skills like these, he’ll have every opportunity ahead of him.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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