Every participant in this experiment receives a handsome sum of 16,500 euros (nearly $19,000) while all they need to do it to lay in bed reading, playing video games or watching movies and TV.
The volunteers will be under continuous observation by space experts from both NASA and ESA to understand how astronauts may be affected by prolonged spells in space, with muscle wasting the main concern.
NASA, along with the European Space Agency, and the German Aerospace Center are looking for candidates willing to participate in a study analyzing the effects of weightlessness on the human body in space.
This bed rest study 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 runs across 89 days: 15 days of familiarisation, 60 days of bed rest and then 14 days of rest and astronaut rehab to get you back to normal life after two months off. Half the group will be spun around the centrifuge and the other half will not. Instead of floating around in a weightless environment, instead participants will stay in bed, simulating the effects caused by microgravity.
"Bedrest has always been used to mimic some of the changes our bodies experience in the weightlessness of space", reads a statement from the ESA explaining this phase of the study.More news: Apple Launches, Next Generation Credit Card, Name: "Apple Card"
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Each participant will have their own private room and will do all activities, including showering, eating, and going to the bathroom, while lying down.
To make sure that the subjects don't gain weight during this two-month period of restricted activity, researchers provide them with a standardized diet; however, the meals are not "extra healthy", and participants will sometimes receive "pancakes and candies", according to the DLR.
In the first phase of the study test subjects will be confined to a bed for 60 days in Germany.
Anyone who applies must speak German and be between 24 and 55.
This is no dream; NASA is offering $19,000 for people to stay in bed and sleep the day away.