Your new job opportunity: $18,000 for 2 months in bed

Michele Stevens
March 30, 2019

"Bed rest simulates this condition", reads a German-language statement, per USA Today.

When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity changes their body. NASA and the European Space Agency are partnering with the German Aerospace Center for an Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study.

The experiment will take place at the German Space Agency's Envihab (stylized as ':envihab'), in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency.

"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".

The goal is to figure out how to counteract the effects of a weightless atmosphere on the human body so scientists at the International Space Station don't have to spend as much of their time during the day exercising. "What surprised me the most: after a few days my body got used to the bed rest, it was much easier than I had imagined".


One group will be rotated in a centrifuge, like an artificial gravity chamber, while the other group won't move, ABC News reported. Those who participate in the study will reportedly receive several rewards, including an expense allowance of 16,500 Euros. This requires the participants to lie with their head down by six degrees.

It will assess the health effects of long-duration spaceflight by limiting the movements of participants for 60 days. "Our team consists of scientific, physiotherapeutic and medical professionals - and nutritionists are also on board to take care of your physical well-being", says the website.

The study conducted in Cologne, Germany will have two campaigns. Participants should be 153-190 cm, and have BMI of 19-30 kg / m 2.

Participants must be women between ages 24 and 55.

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