Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA will pay you $19K to stay in bed

NASA will pay you $19K to stay in bed

The new study called AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest-European Space Agency), will explore the potential benefits of artificial gravity on astronauts who will embark on long-term space missions.

If you always struggle to get out of bed in the morning, this might be the ideal gig for you.

"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", said ESA.

Nasa is offering volunteers £14,177 each to spend two months in bed to help scientists reduce the effects of space travel on astronauts. We might have your dream job.

"Participation in the study was a very special and good experience for me", Janja, a test subject in a similar bed rest study in 2017, said in a translated DLR testimony. 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. The German Aerospace Center was commissioned by NASA and the ESA to conduct this bed rest study.

For 30 minutes a day, study participants will be put in a short-arm centrifuge that slowly spins them to force blood to the extremities.

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The study will reportedly take place between September and December 2019.

Bed rest lasts for 60 days, though the entire study will span 89 days, as it includes time for preparation and recovery.

Researchers are still looking for volunteers for the second phase of the study in autumn.

Plus, as this experiment is happening at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne you need to be able to speak German and be over 18. You can impress friends and employers with your discipline and perseverance, it notes.

Each participant will have a private room and stay in a bed inclined at 6 ° with the head end downwards.

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