Love to stay in bed and get paid for it? if you know how to speak German, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have a galactic job opportunity for you.
The space agencies are looking for Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity might help keep astronauts healthy in space, the CNET reported on Friday.
The prolonged bed rest is part of the “Artificial Gravity Bed Rest” study that launched this week into the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
The Phase-II, will be conducted by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) from September through December in Cologne, Germany, requires healthy as well as German speaking 12 men and 12 women of middle age, between 24 and 55 years.
“We are interested in how to maintain the health and performance of man — in space and on Earth,” as per a statement translated from the DLR website for the project.
As per the report, the 24 men and women will spend their days and nights in beds angled downward by six degrees, propped up with their feet at an incline above their heads, with one shoulder touching the mattress at all times.
This position of the body reduces blood flow to the extremities, similar to astronauts in space experience.
While astronauts currently stick to an intense exercise regimen to stay strong, the bed rest study will for the first time investigate the use of a so-called short-arm human centrifuge to generate artificial gravity and force blood back in the extremities, CNET noted.