NASA will pay you $19,000 if you stay in bed for two months
New Delhi : The US-based NASA and the European Space Agency will pay you $19,000 to lie in bed for two months. But before you get excited about the news be sure to know the condition of the challenge.
It’s a prolonged bed rest study where international researchers are examining how artificial gravity might help astronauts stay healthy in space, “especially in extreme conditions, such as in weightlessness in space,” according to CNET. The study has been launched this week at a German Aerospace Center (DLR) facility. “If astronauts are to live for long periods in space, or on the moon and Mars, science needs effective measures to counteract bone and muscle atrophy.”
To conduct the study, 12 male and 12 female participants will be required to stay in bed for 60 days, “plus a further 29 days of acclimatization and recovery.” They’ll remain in beds “with the head tilted 6 degrees below horizontal and must ensure one of their shoulders is touching the mattress at all times,” according to the ESA. The position, according to CNET, “reduces blood flow to the extremities, like astronauts in space experience.”
During this prolonged bed rest, researchers will measure blood flow and muscle loss and investigate the role of diet and exercise. Some participants will be spinning in DLR’s short-arm centrifuge, with the intensity of the force adjusted to their body size. This is meant to “encourage blood to flow back towards their feet and allow researchers to understand the potential of artificial gravity in combating the effects of weightlessness.”
However, not all the age group are eligibile to participate in the study. To apply, you must be healthy, fluent in German and 24-55 years old. For detailed information, please visit: dlr-probandensuche.de.