NASA is paying 24 people nearly $19K to stay in bed

30 March, 2019, 11:37 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Short-arm centrifuge at the German Aerospace Center's :envihab facility in Cologne Germany

This bed rest study 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.

Now astronauts on the International Space Station do several hours of exercises a day to fight off the negative results of living in almost weightless conditions, which tend to breakdown muscles and bones.

ESA team leader for research Jennifer Ngo-Anh speaks to press during the launch of the first joint long-term bed rest study between ESA and United States space agency NASA set to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the physiological effects of spaceflight.

If you are interested in participating in this study, the German Aerospace Center asks that you go through a multi-stage selection process. NASA and the European Space Agency are partnering with the German Aerospace Center for an Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study.

"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. The beds are angled downwards towards the head end by six degrees. He may not stand up unless an experiment demands.

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For two months, the participants will live in a single room but split into two groups. One group will be rotated in a centrifuge, which will force blood back into their extremities, while the other group will not be moved, according to KTRK.

The study will reportedly take place between September and December 2019. You need to be between 152cm and 190cm tall and have a BMI of between 19 and 30. You can impress friends and employers with your discipline and perseverance, it notes.

Not everyone qualifies though.

NASA and the European Space Agency are offering $19,000 to subjects willing to spend 60 consecutive days lying in bed.

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