'Dear NASA, please can I go to Mars?'

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A wannabe space explorer from the UK has taken the first step to landing his dream job.

Despite only being seven-years-old, Dexter wrote a letter to NASA, the company he hopes will employ him.

Dexter asked for advice on becoming an astronaut and told them he would like to go on a mission to Mars.

To his happy surprise the space agency wrote back to encourage him in his pursuit.

He wrote: 'My name is Dexter, I heard that you are sending two people to Mars and I would like to come but I am only 7.'

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Dexter's first job application

NASA thanked Dexter for his letter and wrote: 'Just think - in a few years, you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead the world's activities for better understanding of our Earth and for exploring space.'

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NASA's letter to Dexter

The space agency also sent Dexter a poster of the NASA Curiosity Rover and space stickers as an extra treat.