NASA has created the perfect job for anyone who really likes to stay in bed all day, as long as he does not mind going on for 60 days without a break. [1
The study aims to find out which effective countermeasures are taken There is an atrophy of bones and muscles when people are in a weightless environment and how artificial gravity can positively affect them. This is important for the astronauts, who will spend extended periods of time in outer space beyond the limited space aboard the International Space Station.
Within the scope of the study, 12 male and 12 female volunteers spend 60 days in bed at the: envihab facility at the DLR Institute for Aerospace Medicine in Cologne. Your full stay will actually be 89 days and the remaining 19 days will be used as a test and recovery period. In return, each volunteer receives compensation of $ 19,000.
That may sound like easy money, but the test is exhausting and potentially uncomfortable. As the DLR explains: "All experiments, meals and recreational activities are carried out in the bed rest phase, the participants are restricted in their movements, so that the muscles, tendons and skeletal system are less stressed The beds are inclined downwards by six degrees towards the head to simulate the displacement of body fluids experienced by astronauts in a weightless environment. "
According to Leticia Vega, associate chief scientist for international collaborations of NASA's Human Research Program, the restrictions imposed on volunteers cause similar ones Effects such as astronauts in space, which can then be combined with what is known from the study of people in the weightless environment aboard the ISS.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.