Love to lounge in bed and get paid for it? If you are German speaking, healthy and middle-aged, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are ready to pay you $19,000 to lie in bed for two months.
The space organizations need Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity may help keep astronauts healthy in space, the CNET reported on Friday.
The prolonged bed rest is a piece of the “Artificial Gravity Bed Rest” think about that launched for the current week into the impacts of weightlessness on the human body.
The Phase-II, to be directed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from September through December in Cologne, Germany, requires healthy just as German-speaking 12 men and 12 women aged between 24 and 55 years.
“We are interested in how to maintain the health and performance of man — in space and on Earth,” according to a statement translated from the DLR website for the project.
If astronauts are to live for long periods in space, or on the moon and Mars, science needs effective measures to check bone and muscle atrophy.
The 24 people will go through their days and nights in beds angled downward by six degrees, propped up with their feet at a slope over their heads, with one shoulder touching the mattress at all times, the report said.
This position reduces blood flow to the extremities, like astronauts in space experience.
While astronauts presently stick to an intense exercise routine to stay strong, the bed rest study will out of the blue examine the utilization of a purported short-arm human centrifuge to generate artificial gravity and force blood back in the extremities, CNET noted.
One group of study volunteers will be spun around in the rotator while the other gathering would not. The centrifugal force can be adjusted according to the subject’s size.