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If you've always wanted to be paid to lie in bed, then this job is for you: NASA, the European Space Agency, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) offer $ 18,500 for people who spend two months in the Lie in the bed.
The job is based in Cologne and is part of a study to better understand how the body adapts to weightlessness. The agencies are currently looking for women between the ages of 24 and 55 who speak German. The official name of the study is Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study.
But there is a catch.
Those who are selected for the job must stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, seven days a week. This means you do not have to go for bathroom breaks, bathing or eating. And the money, well, it costs just under $ 13 an hour.
Jennifer Ngo-Anh of the European Space Agency says she does not think that would stop them from attending.
"Many people are curious about the idea of contributing to the knowledge advantage that helps us to really live and work in space for a long time," says Ngo-Anh.
In addition to the 60-day lying in bed, there are more days for orientation, recovery and rehabilitation at both ends of the study. The total time someone must be available for the study is 89 days plus multiple follow-up visits in the years after the study.
People are already participating in Phase 1 of the study, and researchers are now looking for Phase 2 candidates.
But before you apply, be warned: For the study, volunteers have to lie in bed with their heads slightly down. Ngo-Anh says this would help restore space conditions.
"When volunteers are in bed with their heads tilted six degrees below the horizontal, many of the effects of spaceflight on the human body can be simulated or reproduced," says Ngo-Anh. "It should not annoy volunteers, but actually countermeasures should be tested."
Volunteers will also be exposed to artificial gravity to test whether this can be a countermeasure to the effects of space travel. If the study finds that the exposure has a positive effect, it can be used as an official countermeasure for future space missions.
If volunteers hope to move while working, do not worry. Ngo-Anh says her organization has tested everything from jumping in bed to bicycling in bed, as well as other devices that can be mounted on the beds.
If you still think this job is for you, sign up while you still can.
This story was produced and edited by Peter Breslow and Lynn Kim for the radio.