NASA offers dream job for ‘couch potatoes’

September 19, 2013 Dream job at NASA @TheRoyale 324 0 0

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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is willing to pay over 5000 dollars a month – and all you have to do is spend 70 days in bed. The ‘Bed Rest Study’ being conducted by the US space agency is designed to study the effects of prolonged exposure to microgravity and requires participants to remain horizontal for a period of 70 days.

Conducted by the agency’s Flight Analogs Project Team at the Johnson Space Center, the ‘Bed Rest Study’ is an ongoing effort to improve conditions for astronauts working in a weightless environment. Since large-scale studies are unfeasible in orbit, the effects of microgravity must be simulated on the ground. “This study will show how much your body, tilted down slightly with head down and feet up, for 70 days, 24-hours a day, without getting out of bed, except for limited times for specific tests, is like an astronaut’s body during the weightlessness of space flight,” according to NASA.

The programme has three segments; Ambulatory Period, Bed Rest Period and the Recovery Period. During all phases of the study, participants will take part in tests of their bone, muscle, heart and circulatory systems, and nervous systems, as well as their nutritional condition and their ability to fight off infections.

However, the research participant must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered as a potential test subject.

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