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

Christopher Davidson
March 29, 2019

The German Aerospace Center was commissioned by NASA and the ESA to conduct this bed rest study.

Great news, lazy people - there's a job that will pay big bucks for you to lie around in bed for two months. If so, we may have found the flawless job for you.

Crews onboard the International Space Station live in microgravity. To mitigate these risks, ISS astronauts now exercise two hours per day and consume a balanced diet to protect their health.

Researchers are trying to find out if "artificial gravity" can help astronauts who spend a long time in space.

Through this study, the German Aerospace Center says that they hope to develop countermeasures that reduce the negative effects of weightlessness on astronauts.

All participants need to do is spend 60 days lying down - that's it.

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The researchers have already created a "short-arm human centrifuge" that generates artificial gravity and corrects the distribution of body fluids.

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

The study is composed of two rounds. The facility is operated by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Space Agency (DLR). In addition to the centrifuge, the facility houses labs for studying the effects of oxygen reduction and pressure decrease, MRI/PET analysis facilities, rooms for psychological stress simulations and rehab, and microbiological and molecular biological research tools.

The scientists are looking for healthy women between the ages of 24 and 55 years who are non-smokers to participate in the study, according to the study's website.

But for your efforts, you'll get some sweet rewards, including an expense allowance of €16,500 euros ($27,321). This amount is equivalent to about $19,000.

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