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NASA has partnered with two other space agencies that are looking for 24 volunteers to lie in bed for two months straight as part of a study. The compensation? How about $19,000. “We are looking for test persons to take part in a bed rest study from September to December 2019 in Cologne (Germany) and spend 60 days lying down,” according to a statement from the German Aerospace Agency, NASA and the ESA. The goal is to “research how the body changes in weightlessness. Bed rest simulates this condition.” One more caveat: the participants’ beds will be tilted slightly downward to encourage fluids to pool in the upper body. Read more for another video and additional information.
“During the two months, the volunteers will live in a single room, but will be divided into groups. One group will be rotated around in a centrifuge, similar to an artificial gravity chamber, which will force blood back into their extremities. A second group will not be moved. People must eat, exercise, get dressed and even shower while lying flat on their beds,” according to USA Today.