NASA is paying 24 people nearly $19K to stay in bed

Cristina Cross
April 1, 2019

"This bed rest study conducted by DLR, NASA and ESA offers space researchers from all over Europe and the United States of America the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible". Here is a dream come true for all the sleeping enthusiasts - getting paid for sleeping.

The new test is being conducted at the Germans Aerospace Center's (DLR) facility called-envihab.

One of the challenges facing astronauts and future space-station- or moon-colonists is the long term effects of weightlessness on things like bone or muscle atrophy.

Scientists are looking for women ages 24-55 willing to stay in bed for 60 days in order to determine how weightlessness affects the human body-and they're willing to pay you 16,500 euros (around $18,522) to do it.

"We are interested in how to maintain the health and performance of man - in space and on Earth", reads a translated DLR website for the project.

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The short-arm centrifuge in Germany will be used during the first joint long-term bedrest rest study commissioned by the European Space Agency and NASA to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the effects of spaceflight. The study requires 6 non-smoking women of heights between 5 ft and 6 ft 2inches tall as volunteers.

One group of Study volunteers will be spun around in the centrifuge while the other group would not. The centrifugal force can be adjusted according to the subject's size.

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

Not everyone qualifies though.

In addition to the 60 days required for bed rest, participants will stay an additional 29 days for acclimation and supervised recovery involving stretching, massage and physiotherapy, the report said. And no, you really don't have to be an astronaut or a rocket scientist to get there, but NASA expects you to have knowledge on spoken German (of course, there is a catch).

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