SpaceX is hiring a farmer. Making up outrageous reasons why a bleeding-edge spaceship manufacturer requires a farmer is far more interesting than the prosaic, "Our testing facility is surrounded by a farm that needs maintenance." Join me in unfounded speculation!

The company's rocket development and testing facility in McGregor, Texas, is surrounded by farmland also owned by the company. This gives them a protective buffer for when test flights don't go exactly as planned, and makes it entirely reasonable that they'd need a farmer. But that's a dull, reasonable explanation. Surely we can come up with something more inspired! To get things started, here's an incomplete list of alternate explanations:

What are your ideas?

Top image: SpaceX's rocket development and testing facility in McGregor, Texas, is surrounded by parcels of farmland, the most likely reason the spacecraft manufacturer needs a farmer. Image credit: Steve Jurvetson

Interested in bringing agriculture to the SpaceX team? You can apply for the job here.

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