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NASA Job Search for “Planetary Protection Officer”

NASA Job Search for “Planetary Protection Officer”

© 2017 by Linda Moulton Howe


“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.”

- NASA Headquarters, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

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August 2, 2017   Huntsville, Alabama - This week various digital media and news centers began reporting that the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has posted the following job announcement opening to accept applications between July 13 and August 14, 2017, for a Planetary Protection Officer.

The three-year position – with a chance to extend it to five years – was created after the US signed the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, vowing to “pursue studies of outer space ... and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter.”

Catharine Conley, who has held the position since 2014, is moving on to NASA's Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. Two years ago in a 2015 interview with The New York Times she said: “If we’re going to look for life on Mars, it would be really kind of lame to bring Earth life and find that instead.”

There is only one other such full-time planetary protection position in the world at the European Space Agency.  ESA's planetary protection officer is Dr. Gerhard Kminek, who oversees these responsibilities:

  • ESSB-ST-U-001 (Issue 1): ESA planetary protection requirements
  • ECSS-Q-ST-70-53C: Material and hardware compatibility tests for sterilization processes
  • ECSS-Q-ST-70-55C: Microbial examination of flight hardware and cleanrooms
  • ECSS-Q-ST-70-56C: Vapour phase bioburden reduction for flight hardware
  • ECSS-Q-ST-70-57C: Dry heat bioburden reduction for flight hardware
  • ECSS-Q-ST-70-58C: Bioburden control of cleanrooms




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