Hansjörg Dittus, German Aerospace Center. "Bed rest simulates this condition". When astronauts are in orbit a lack of gravity causes muscle fatigue and body fluids to move into the upper parts of the body.
If you have a strong stomach and two months to kill, NASA might pay you $19,000 to stay in bed and spin around a centrifuge for that period.
This is important for the astronauts who will eventually spend extended periods of time in space beyond the limited stays now experienced aboard the International Space Station.
If you like to lounge around in bed, there may be a dream job for you.
But for your efforts, you'll get some sweet rewards, including an expense allowance of €16,500 euros ($27,321). The study will take place in Cologne and will require participants to spend 60 days lying down. The subjects will be put in a "short-arm human centrifuge" that generates artificial gravity.
Each participant will have a private room and stay in a bed inclined at 6 ° with the head end downwards.
The participants must all speak German, should be healthy and should be between 24 and 55 of age. They are hoping to test it out on two-thirds of the study participants each day. "Our team consists of scientific, physiotherapeutic and medical professionals - and nutritionists are also on board to take care of your physical well-being", says the website.
If lying in bed for 60 days while getting paid for it sounds like an out-of-this-world deal, NASA sure has the ideal gig for you. However, note that you will have to translate the page into English.