NASA is hiring farmers who can bring their farming practices to Mars. Teachers, technicians, and surveyors are also sought.
It’s official: Some time after the year 2030, the American space agency NASA will begin hiring farmers, teachers, explorers, and surveyors to bring their skills to planet Mars. It may not be everyone’s gig, but for the right space adventurers, it could be the journey of a lifetime.
News Everyday relays that the space agency is attempting to entice travelers to sign up by selling the job as an opportunity to “hike the solar system’s largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars.” Each person will also get to see the blue sunsets and the two moons of the red planet – Phobos and Deimos.
Of course, there are some cons to taking the job, such as enduring space commutes which are years long (or possibly dying). But, one would imagine, the opportunity could be worth it.
The space agency is especially keen to hire farmers who can grow vegetables, such as peas, lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes. Those individuals will be tasked with finding new ways of growing produce that could potentially help to feed the Mars explorers and, possibly, future civilizations on the planet. It might be time to pull out your copy of The Martian…
To entice people – young and old – to consider the opportunity, NASA actually released a series of retro tourism-style posters in 2009. They were first displayed at the Kennedy Center, but they’re now more relevant than ever.
Elon Musk is already considering ways explorers might transform Mars into a planet like Earth, and his plan involves dropping thermonuclear bombs on the ice at the planet’s poles. You can read more at IFLScience.com.
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