Regardless of what your own personal idea of a dream job might be, you have to admit that being paid to lounge around in bed sounds pretty awesome – and that's what NASA and ESA want a crew of volunteers to do in order to test the potential benefits of artificial gravity for long-haul space missions.
The research, which is conducted in Germany, will require a total of 24 participants to remain in bed for two full months. Volunteers will be seated at a slight incline so that their legs are slightly higher than their heads, reducing blood flow to the extremities, thus causing muscle deterioration.
When astronauts spend a long time in space, their muscles pay a big price. Scientists who fly to the International Space Station, for example, have exercise regularly with resistance machines to keep their bodies in good working order, but NASA and ESA want to know at occasional upkeep with artificial gravity might also be beneficial.
The two dozen volunteers ̵
The scientists, who are still recruiting participants for the second round of 12, are offering quite the experience for anyone doing enough to end two months of doing absolutely nothing.
, movies, playing video games, or reading, the team is paying a handsome sum of 16,500 euros (nearly $ 19,000) to each individual. seems laid back on the surface, there are surely some psychological challenges to the same room, lying slightly backwards, for 60 days (and another 30 days of recovery afterward).
We wish the volunteers the best of luck!