Dear Jack Davis, HiddenGenius has a mission for you

By Savannah Sherwood

Houston, we have a problem. One of the fundamental questions of humankind is whether or not there is life on other planets.  For NASA to explore the depths of the Red Planet and the rest of the Solar System, it is necessary for technology to be developed that sterilizes new rovers, without damaging any electronics, instruments, or function. NASA recently posted a job vacancy for a planetary protection officer. Warding off aliens (tiny microbes from Space) and protecting other planets from Earth-based bacteria is a task that has intrigued the masses, including 9-year-old Jack Davis.


"Dear NASA, My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job. I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job," Jack wrote.


James L. Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, sent an immediate letter responding to Jack’s application. “We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school,” Green wrote. “We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”


Jack may not have the credentials or pedigree to be employed with NASA just yet. However, in the meantime, he is perfectly qualified to be apart of the solution that helps NASA fight off the alien contamination that is preventing further discovery in space.


Dear Jack,


HiddenGenius has an excellent mission for you! We are launching a Mars Rover Sterilization Competition. Imagine a space video game, becoming reality. You can be one of the main players! The goal of the competition is to find a new technology that will sterilize the Mars Rover. This technology will change the history of our species, but what is even cooler, is that anyone can help, not just the experts.


With the support of your parents, we invite you to be a guest host for this competition. This position is an important one, and we are confident you have what it takes! A young person, who can think like an alien… That alone is an outstanding characteristic that sets you apart from most! Will you help us find life on Mars and beyond?




The HiddenGenius Team


We are calling on all space enthusiasts, engineers, visionaries, innovators, and the rest of humankind to unite and ignite this competition. Let's build the prize purse, shape the goals of the competition, and attract the HiddenGeniuses around the world to compete and deliver a solution!


What if the technology developed for this competition could then be used to sterilize other things, such as hospital rooms here on earth? This technology has the potential to find new life on other planets and save lives here on Earth, and we want you to be apart of this mission. Here at HiddenGenius, we are optimists. We are firm believers that anyone can help contribute to the next great innovation. The galaxy is the limit! 


"There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen..." – Ty Webb


Let's get in touch with that force and help NASA find life on Mars! Ready... set... blast off!