Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

Short-arm centrifuge at the German Aerospace Center's :envihab facility in Cologne Germany

Short-arm centrifuge at the German Aerospace Center's :envihab facility in Cologne Germany

"Bed rest simulates this condition", reads a German-language statement, per USA Today.

When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity can cause changes to human's bodies that can ultimately lead to bones and muscles breaking down and fluid moving toward a person's head, according to NASA. The experiment is called AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest - European Space Agency), and the selected test subjects will be paid 16,500 euros (approx INR 13 lacs).

NASA has been conducting studies under its Human Research Program (HRP) that is dedicated to discovering the best methods and technologies to support safe and productive human space travel.

"This bed rest study conducted by DLR, NASA and ESA 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".

Currently, astronauts on board the International Space Station exercise for up to 2.5 hours per day and maintain a balanced diet to help alleviate microgravity's effects, according to ESA. More details have surfaced about that study, and it pays very well for doing nothing but laying in bed. The study will take place in Cologne and will require participants to spend 60 days lying down.

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One group will be rotated in a centrifuge, like an artificial gravity chamber, while the other group won't move, ABC News reported.

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

A volunteer in a bed rest study in a bed angled 6 degrees below the horizontal. Meals will be curated by a team of nutritionists.

In addition to the $19,000 stipend, the DLR points out additional benefits to participating in the study.

But just be aware, you'll need to translate the page from German to English. You must speak German and be between 24 and 55 and healthy.

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