There has been a lot of buzz on this topic on the internet, as seen in some articles by content writing company. If you haven’t heard about it yet then you probably do not surf the internet too often because honestly, who wouldn’t be talking about this? That is right. NASA is now paying people to stay in bed for them for $14K-18K to perform a study. An experiment that will help them understand Astronaut behavior better and maybe better their experience when they are in outer space. It really is a mutually beneficial agreement – or is it?
What’s this about? – The Study
NASA is currently looking for volunteers for a certain experiment they are doing and they are willing to pay good money to anyone who will do it. Basically, the volunteers will have to lie in a bed that is tilted downward at a 6-degree angle for 70 days, and if they complete the entire process, they can earn up to $18K. Sounds like a good enough deal, doesn’t it?
Now, the experiment is being conducted because they need to test the effects on the human body of being in a weightless environment to help astronauts do better once they are up in space. Being able to lay in bed without being told off for it is truly a dream. But being paid for it is something we never thought was possible – are you willing to put yourself to the test?
- The main objective of this study is to test how one would perform their daily tasks whilst staying in bed for a very long period of time.
- This will help make living conditions better for astronauts in space, so that no problems will occur once they actually go up there and begin with their mission. It will ensure a smoother research expedition.
What are the requirements?
The main thing to mention here before talking about anything else is that the applicant needs to be female. Applications from males will be rejected before getting reviewed. That is one of the main requirements of this experiment.
What you will have to do is pretty simple. You do not have to do anything but stay in bed for two months, while they record the changed that occur within you for the entirety of the time you are there. The lack of movement is due to the fact that astronauts do not get to exercise much when they’re in outer space. They barely move at all and before sending real people up there, we need to see how the body would react to it and how much time it can survive being in that situation.
- The volunteers have to stay in NASA’s Flight Analogs Research Unit (FARU) at the University of Texas Medical branch in Galveston, Texas.
- There will be two groups, and according to the group you are assigned to, you might have to do certain aerobic exercises. The days will also vary depending on each group, one will have to stay there for 105 days in the facility and the other, 97 days, with different requirements for both.
- As for the health requirements, the candidates have to be non-smokers in good shape who have passed the Modified Air Force Class III physical test. This will testify to them being completely healthy and thus, eligible for this experiment.
Do they allow breaks?
The simple answer is no. For basic human needs like showering and using the bathroom, NASA has installed built-in systems to do the job for them. They weren’t joking when they said you don’t get to move – literally everything will be done for you. The only thing you need to actually worry about is the boredom, that’s the only potentially harmful thing in the experiment.
- Allowing breaks would undo the entire point of the experiment because the whole experiment is to see how the body would react if one were in outer space.
- This is something you should definitely think about before doing anything. Agreeing to this would mean having to adjust to everything that will come with it, including showering, eating and going to the bathroom in the exact same position every day for several weeks.
- Leisure time will be awarded if anyone wants to pass time where you will be given a selection of apps and such to learn particular skills.
How safe is this experiment?
NASA has collaborated with German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to create an Artificial Gravity Bed Rest. This is basically to test how much body function is required by a human being and also the bodily changes that astronauts go through, so it’s just them recording what your body goes through during this time. So far, they’ve claimed that there’s nothing too harmful about the experiment.
- The study was marked safe by the committee Institutional Review Board of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, they deal with matters regarding how safe human research experiments can be.
- There will be periods of mobility before the experiment whilst living inside the facility, and after the experiment you will have a 2-week recovery period (also within the facility) where you can take your time getting back to normal.
Potential health risks may include:
- loss of muscle strength. Immobility may cause this problem, because you will be getting nearly no exercise. This will cause your muscles to weaken, even though it won’t be permanent.
- loss of bone density andrespiratory capacity
These are things typically observed happening to patients who go through excessive periods of bedrest for whatever reason, whether it is an illness or a science experiment. They aren’t completely irreversible, so you could still consider giving it a shot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dallas Stinson is a financial manager at a law firm in Boston. He has a PhD in Marketing and moved to Boston at the age of 24, after completing his Honors from Chicago. He also run a product description writing services, and likes to read, draw and write for his online blog in his free time.