NASA will pay people $19,000 to stay in bed for 60 days

Pablo Tucker
April 1, 2019

The research is conducted in Germany, and it lasts two full months during which 24 participants must remain in bed.

If you like to lounge around in bed, there may be a dream job for you.

While on bed rest, everything must be completed while lying down, including eating, washing, showering, going to the bathroom and leisure activities. This centrifuge is being used to recreate Earth's gravity during the first joint long-term bed rest study between ESA and United States space agency NASA into the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the effects of spaceflight.

When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity can cause changes to human's bodies that can ultimately lead to bones and muscles breaking down and fluid moving toward a person's head, according to NASA.

If you think you can stay in bed for 89 days without lifting your head NASA can pay you 16500 Euros for it.

"Currently, astronauts on board the International Space Station exercise for up to 2.5 hours per day and maintain a balanced diet to help mitigate microgravity's effects, but scientists believe adding a dose of artificial gravity could be key during longer-term missions", according to ESA. They're looking at the effects of "artificial gravity" on the body.

A full 60 of those days will be on bedrest. The experiment also will be the first to use space-age "human centrifuge" to create artificial gravity. The second campaign will kick off in early September.

The study won't allow the volunteers to exert themselves and they will be put through various tests of their cognition, muscle strength, balance, and cardiovascular function during the process.

Anyone who applies must speak German and be between 24 and 55. Participants can be between 153 and 190cm with a BMI of 19-30kg/m2. Compensation is 16,500 Euros - about USA $18,500. This amount is equivalent to about $19,000.

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