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NASA and the European Space Agency are offering $19,000 to subjects willing to spend 60 consecutive days lying in bed.

KTRK reports that the German Aerospace Center will pay 24 participants almost $19,000 to spend two months on bed rest.

The prolonged bed rest is part of the "Artificial Gravity Bed Rest" study that launched this week into the effects of weightlessness on the human body.

The space agencies want Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity might help keep astronauts healthy in space, the CNET reported on Friday. The facility is operated by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Space Agency (DLR). And the beds will be angled downward toward the head, as this duplicates numerous effects of a low-gravity environment. More details have surfaced about that study, and it pays very well for doing nothing but laying in bed.

One of the groups will be rotated in a centrifuge to replicate an artificial gravity chamber, while the other won't be moved. Those who participate in the study will reportedly receive several rewards, including an expense allowance of 16,500 Euros.

NASA researchers are making that offer.

The first phase of the study began this week, with pre-testing. This requires the participants to lie with their head down by six degrees.

Scientists, medical professionals, physiotherapists and a nutritionist will be on hand to make sure participants are OK.

"This bed rest study conducted by DLR, NASA and ESA offers space researchers from all over Europe and the United States of America the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible".

But just be aware, you'll need to translate the page from German to English.

The participants must all speak German, should be healthy and should be between 24 and 55 of age.


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