NASA responds to 9-year-old’s application for planetary protection job

Published: Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

NASA Responds To 9-Year-Old's Application For Planetary Protection Job

A New Jersey fourth grader and self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy” applied for a highly publicized position as NASA’s planetary protection officer, and got a response from the space agency.

The position, one NASA has had since the 1960s, generated a lot of public interest, as it conjured up comparisons to science fiction heroes.

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“I may be 9 but I think I would be fit for the job,” Jack Davis wrote. “One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see.”

Davis indicated that he has also seen the show “Marvel Agents of S.HI.E.L.D.” but still has to see “Men In Black.” He also mentions he is a skilled video game player.

His handwritten letter, dated Thursday, elicited a response from NASA, which assured Davis the job is not as cinematic as it sounds. The right candidate would actually be blocking organic and biological contamination from reaching Earth.

“Our planetary protection officer position is really cool and is very important work,” wrote James Green, NASA’s planetary science director. “It’s about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the moon, asteroids and Mars. It’s also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the solar system.”

Davis also got a call from NASA’s planetary research director, thanking him for his interest in the position.

"At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," Green said in a statement. "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."

Davis, who signed the letter “Guardian of the Galaxy,” listed one other qualification he has.

“I am young, so I can learn to think like an alien.”

NASA’s Looking For Someone To Protect The Earth From ‘Aliens’

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3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower in Washington

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 PM

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A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the child was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish, Washington, deputies said

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Crews responded after reports of a person under a lawnmower. 

Deputies said the was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident. 

According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence. 

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'Cosby' reruns are gone from Bounce TV

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:29 PM

Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)(Matt Slocum/AP)

“The Cosby Show” reruns are gone from Atlanta-based Bounce TV following guilty verdicts returned today by a Pennsylvania jury.

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“Effective immediately, Bounce is removing ‘The Cosby Show’ from our schedule,” the network said in a statement to media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.

Bounce had yanked them before Cosby’s 2017 trial, amid mounting allegations, but had returned them to its lineup.

In a 2016 statement the network said:

“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series (in December 2016). While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”

Here’s the announcement Bounce posted at the time.

That’s all over now. The network does still show “Cosby” spinoff “A Different World” on its roster.

Jurors in Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges on Thursday returned guilty verdicts. Cosby, 80, was allowed to leave the courthouse on $1 million bond and faces sentencing at a time yet to be announced. He faces up to 10 years on each of the three counts of which he was convicted.

Cosby has faced mounting accusations from multiple women; this trial involved victim Andrea Constand, who was a Temple University employee she said Cosby assaulted her at his home in 2004. Media outlets generally don’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Constand and other Cosby accusers have come forward to share their stories and did not request anonymity.

Besides Bounce TV, Cosby’s ties to Atlanta include a scholarship he and his wife endowed; AJC writer Rosalind Bentley reported in 2014 that the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College, funded in part by a $20 million gift that Bill and Camille Cosby gave to the school in the 1980s, was suspended amid a raft of sexual assault allegations.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Florida man sets girlfriend on fire during argument, police say

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM

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A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities

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Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports. 

Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun. 

At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun. 

The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.

After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire. 

The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said

She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before. 

Read more at The Gainesville Sun

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