NASA Will Pay You $19,000 To Stay In Bed For 2 Months


 

If your dream job was to become a full-time “bed potato,” NASA wants to make that a reality — at least for a few months.

NASA and the European Space Agency (DLR) are offering $19,000 to 24 participants — 12 men and 12 women — to stay in bed for at least two months. The objective of the study is to “research how the body changes in weightlessness,” according to DLR’s statement. By doing so, space scientists hope to create methods that can counteract the impacts of weightlessness. (This would save astronauts from having to spend much of their time in the space station exercising.

If this sounds to you like a risky opportunity with more than a few catches, you’re absolutely right.


 The $19,000 come with some strings attached, and not everyone will qualify. It also sounds like a pretty miserable experience, so unless you have time to spare and really need the extra money, it’s probably not worth considering.

During the two months, the volunteers will live in a single room, but will be divided into groups. One group will be rotated around in a centrifuge, similar to an artificial gravity chamber, which will force blood back into their extremities.

 

A previous study participant, identified as Janja, said that “participation in the study was a very special and good experience for me….What surprised me the most: after a few days my body got used to the bed rest, it was much easier than I had imagined. I did not get bored by the many exciting experiments, on the contrary, time flew by.”

And when they say you’ll do everything while lying down, they aren’t kidding: People must eat, exercise, get dressed and even shower while lying flat on their beds. Another catch: The participants’
beds are tilted slightly downward to encourage fluids to pool in the upper body.

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