NASA Will Pay You $18,000 To Stay in Bed
When someone is typically in bed for a long period it is usually not a choice; it is a matter of circumstance and a condition. Being in bed for a long period can typically be considered by most to be unhealthy as the body circulates blood at its best when there is some form of movement in the human body.
This is what medical research has long shown people. However, NASA seems to be testing this belief and is willing to pay good money for it. For how much money would someone be willing to stay in bed for 70 straight days? NASA is willingly accepting participants who are prepared to do just that. At what price one may ask? $18,000 for a little over two months of staying in bed.
Stay In Bed For Money? NASA wants you!
The participants are allowed to read, go on the internet, play video games. However there is one stipulation to the study, the participant must remain in the bed at all times. The next question asked is what is the point of the study? The learning experience on the part of NASA is to find ways of preserving astronauts’ health and safety during periods of extended space travel.
Head-down rest is a good method of simulating zero gravity space. The overall study is meant to address three core issues. "Understanding how one’s changing physiology in space may affect the process of certain missions, "understanding how one's changing physiological state can impact the completion of specific tasks and understanding how to prepare thoroughly to combat any impairment of these physiological conditions may impose.
There are two study groups: exercise and non-exercise. In actuality, the study lasts for three months or more depending on the study group someone is in. For the first 13 or 21 days, the individual can free go about the room, however after this time frame the individual is confined to just the bed. Participants will be subject to heart, bone and muscle tests for any changes during this study.
The idea of doing what one pleases for a large sum of money is almost too good to be true. However this could very well be the case as one would assume the impact of sitting in an enclosed room for three months could be more mentally impacting than some would believe.