Need 70 Days Off Your Feet? NASA Pays Volunteers $18K to Lie in Bed
Posted September 21, 2013 5:21 PM
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That's astronaut Mike Fincke participating in the third of four spacewalks performed by the Expedition 9 crew during their six-month mission. (Credit: NASA) If you just can't get out of bed, NASA might have a mission for you. A NASA study is recruiting volunteers to to lie in a bed that's tilted downward at a 6-degree angle for 70 days. Subjects who complete the entire bed rest project can earn up to $18,000. The study is meant to test the conditions astronauts might experience while traveling in space. NASA hopes to find out what physical changes occur to scientists on these missions and how much body function is required for a person to complete a specific task. The information will be used to develop methods that make it easier for astronauts to physically acclimate to daily life following space exploration. Since there is no gravity in space, astronauts don't exert as much effort and might not get the exercise they need to stay in shape. Researchers are requiring participants to stay on a slight tilt, which is intended to allow fluids to move toward the upper part of the body. That would allow researchers to study cardiovascular symptoms similar to what might be experienced during a space expedition.