This story was first published on CNN.com, "Space scientists want to pay you nearly $19,000 to lie in bed for 2 months". It is a part of a study into the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
For this unique experiment, NASA wants 12 men and 12 women aged between 24 and 55 to only lie in bed for two months. The study pays participants $19,000 (16,500 euro) and is known as AGBRESA study 2019.
The two dozen participants-being examined in 2 sets of 12-will spend 60 Days sleeping, with sporadic tours to a centrifuge in the lab.
Now astronauts on the International Space Station do several hours of exercises a day to fight off the negative results of living in almost weightless conditions, which tend to breakdown muscles and bones.
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The participants will be restricted in their movements so that the strain on muscles, tendons and the skeletal system is reduced. And the beds will be angled downward toward the head, as this duplicates numerous effects of a low-gravity environment. Their full stay will actually be 89 days, with the remaining 19 days used as pre-test and recovery periods.
When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity changes their body. This position reduces blood flow to the extremities, like astronauts in space experience. "These findings will later be validated on the ISS", Vega said. "But other stresses such as cosmic radiation, isolation, spatial restrictions and other issues are on our research agenda as well", said Jennifer Ngo-Anh, the team leader in Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA.
The program will involve simulating space conditions in the lab and studying its impact on the human body through the participating volunteers. This will be of greater help for the health of space travelers during the upcoming missions. Half the group will be spun around the centrifuge and the other half will not.