Speak German, get $19k to stay in bed for 2 months

Pablo Tucker
March 29, 2019

You must speak German and be between 24 and 55 and healthy.

Though the study has already begun, DLR is seeking participants for a second phase, which will kick off in September.

It said weightlessness, which can be simulated through bed rest, could affect muscles and bones through reduced stress and also shift body fluids towards the head.

"This bed rest study conducted by DLR, NASA and ESA offers space researchers from all over Europe and the United States of America the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible".

When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity changes their body.

Some study participants will be spun in a short-arm human centrifuge that generate artificial gravity. The facility is operated by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Space Agency (DLR). In addition to the 60 days required for bed rest, participants will stay an additional 29 days for acclimation and supervised recovery involving stretching, massage and physiotherapy.

These conditions will push the blood back to their extremities, much like artificial gravity would for astronauts.

ESA mentioned the various kinds of experiments to be carried out over the course of the study would look at cardiovascular function, balance and muscle strength, metabolism, and cognitive performance, among other factors.

During the 89-day stay in Germany, volunteers would spend 15 days getting familiar with the study, 60 days in bed and then 14 days of rest and rehab.

The researchers are studying the effects of "artificial gravity" on the body and whether it would be beneficial to astronauts who spend a long time in space.

NASA has done similar studies earlier as well.

"These studies are expected to help advance the understanding of how to keep humans safe as we move from lower-Earth orbit missions into deep space exploration", said NASA on its website.

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