Astronaut bed rest study pays participants $19,000 for 89 days

30 March, 2019, 11:38 | Author: Amos Gonzales
  • NASA to pay volunteers about $19,000 to stay in bed for two months

If lying in bed for 60 days while getting paid for it sounds like an out-of-this-world deal, NASA sure has the ideal gig for you.

This is important for the astronauts who will eventually spend extended periods of time in space beyond the limited stays now experienced aboard the International Space Station. It will be happening in the German city of Cologne, where the aerospace centre is based, between September and December this year.

Half of the volunteers will be put a machine that spins them around for half an hour, mimicking what an artificial gravity chamber would do. "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".

The researchers have already created a "short-arm human centrifuge" that generates artificial gravity and corrects the distribution of body fluids.

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The experiment will take place at the German Space Agency's Envihab (stylized as ':envihab'), in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency. So much that the thought of staying in bed for two months is appealing?

Volunteers will be paid 16,500 euros for their full participation. The beds are angled downwards towards the head end by six degrees. Only people aged 24-55 who speak German are qualified to volunteer as a participant.

It will assess the health effects of long-duration spaceflight by limiting the movements of participants for 60 days.

A nutritionist will be on hand to take care of everyone's diets and make sure the participants don't gain weight and are receiving everything their body needs. You need to be between 152cm and 190cm tall and have a BMI of between 19 and 30. They are hoping to test it out on two-thirds of the study participants each day. However, note that you will have to translate the page into English.

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