NASA to pay people $19,000 to stay in bed for 2 months


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Some study participants will be spun in a short-arm human centrifuge that generate artificial gravity. They say that bed rest actually simulates this condition. 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 replicate the effects of being in space, the participants will be made to lie with a slight incline and their feet will be elevated above their head and body.

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KTRK reports that the German Aerospace Center will pay 24 participants almost $19,000 to spend two months on bed rest.

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NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are looking to pay healthy women between the ages of 24 and 55 to spend 89 days at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany, from September to December.

The program suggests that the participants enroll in some online course along with spending their time watching TV and reading books.

"These studies are expected to help advance the understanding of how to keep humans safe as we move from lower-Earth orbit missions into deep space exploration", said NASA on its website.

"Crewed spaceflight will continue to be important in the future in order to carry out experiments in microgravity, but we must make it as safe as possible for the astronauts", says Hansjörg Dittus, executive board member for space research and technology at the German Aerospace Center.

While astronauts now stick to an intense exercise regimen to stay strong, the bed rest study will for the first time investigate the use of a so-called short-arm human centrifuge to generate artificial gravity and force blood back in the extremities.