Is there life on Mars? Nobody knows for sure. But if not, then you need to take care that it does not get there prematurely. And if there is, you can not let it get to Earth
Recently, many media, both domestic and foreign, published articles and news items with interesting headlines like "NASA hired an employee to protect against aliens." Some publications published materials with loud headlines for the sake of attracting the reader, but the article itself or the news already gave a detailed explanation of what's what. But others did not begin to explain what kind of position they were, starting to fantasize about capturing the Earth by possible evil creatures from other star systems, or even galaxies. It is clear that ufologists immediately got up and began to explain authoritatively which [reptilians]
newcomers will arrive and what they will do with people.
But what really happened? Is it true that NASA is going to hire an employee to protect our beloved planet from evil creatures from Alpha Centauri? In fact, the agency really opened a vacancy for a planetary protection officer, offering a good salary. But this man must not protect the Earth from intelligent creatures, biorobots or anyone else there. It is about finding and eliminating a possible threat in the form of microorganisms from other planets. The fact is that now NASA has plans to visit the Moon, Mars and other planets and their satellites. But the guarantee is that there are no microorganisms of any kind in other objects of the solar system. In addition, we also need to take care that the terrestrial microorganisms do not fall into the soil of other planets.
So the employee of planetary protection, first of all, will deal with the issues of bio-contamination of spacecraft, arriving to Earth and departing from our planet to others. By the way, the salary is promised really good – from 124 to 187 thousand dollars a year. The vacancy is open only to American citizens, so representatives of other countries will not be able to take part in eliminating a possible space threat.
It is worth noting that the vacancy hung for a relatively long time, unseen by anyone, until it was seen by journalists, letting the rumor of "defending the Earth from an alien threat". Of course, in some ways this is true, but no one has spoken of any threatening Earth to evil aliens.
Here is what this vacancy on the NASA website says: "The planetary defense officer is responsible for ensuring that NASA can perform the function of planetary protection, comply with the requirements of the planetary protection policy and monitor the implementation of this policy during flight missions. Also, this employee should act as a consultant for the head of NASA and other managers on the issues of planetary protection. The planetary defense officer should ensure interaction between the internal departments of the agency on relevant issues. "
In the course of carrying out his duties, this employee must closely monitor how carefully the teams of spacecraft projects are working on disinfecting devices, both those that are sent to space, and those that have arrived.
All these tasks are far from new. The Department of Planetary Defense has existed within NASA for a long time. After all, employees of these departments disinfected Galileo, Cassini and other space vehicles. Some microorganisms are extremely resistant to external factors.
They can withstand vacuum, radiation, low temperatures. And who knows what will happen if such organisms fall into the soil of Mars, the atmosphere of Jupiter or Saturn or the ice of Europe. To all this, one must be prepared and watch to ensure that there is no "living creature" on space vehicles. Similarly, you need to carefully check those devices or samples that return to Earth. Now NASA plans to hulk, the agency is going to send another rover to Mars, launch several space vehicles for space exploration. And all these devices need to be studied for possible "smuggling" of terrestrial life. Experts believe that the new panspermia may be an unfortunate idea.