Job posting: Lying in bed for 30 days: Subjects wanted for NASA study – with lavish payment

The working conditions sound, at least at first glance, quite pleasant: so-called "terrestrial astronauts" who spend a total of 30 days in bed are wanted for a NASA study.

Job posting: Lying in bed for 30 days: Subjects wanted for NASA study – with lavish payment

The working conditions sound, at least at first glance, quite pleasant: so-called "terrestrial astronauts" who spend a total of 30 days in bed are wanted for a NASA study. The pay is right too. The test persons are rewarded with an expense allowance of 11,000 euros, according to a call for tenders from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

From the end of 2023, a 59-day study is to be carried out at the DLR center in Cologne to examine the physical changes caused by weightlessness in space. The researchers also hope to be able to develop countermeasures if necessary. Such studies take place regularly and are important for understanding conditions in space and how to ensure health in space.

In this way, ordinary people can also feel at least a little bit like astronauts - and make a contribution to space travel. However, applicants should also be aware that they have to spend the 30 days in bed with their heads down by six degrees, which can become uncomfortable in the long run. "In this position you experience the same (reversible!) physical changes as an astronaut," explains DLR. In order to reduce muscle loss, the participants should pedal in parallel on a recumbent bicycle ergometer.

We are looking for German-speaking people between the ages of 24 and 55. Applicants should be non-smokers, be between 1.53 and 1.90 meters tall and have a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 30.

Source: German Aerospace Center

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