Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Make $19K staying in bed for 60 days through this study

Make $19K staying in bed for 60 days through this study

"This bed rest study ... offers space researchers from all over Europe and the US the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible".

Bed rest lasts for 60 days, though the entire study will span 89 days, as it includes time for preparation and recovery. They say that bed rest actually simulates this condition.

Scientists have long known that lying in bed mimics some of the changes our bodies experience in the weightlessness in space.

"We are interested in how to maintain the health and performance of man - in space and on Earth", reads a translated DLR website for the project.

A volunteer in a bed rest study in a bed angled 6 degrees below the horizontal.

ESA team leader for research Jennifer Ngo-Anh speaks to press during the launch of the first joint long-term bed rest study between ESA and USA space agency NASA set to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the physiological effects of spaceflight. The centrifugal force can be adjusted according to the subject's size.


The study will reportedly take place between September and December 2019.

In addition to the $19,000 stipend, the DLR points out additional benefits to participating in the study.

Not everyone qualifies though.

To replicate the effects of being in space, the participants will be made to lie with a slight incline and their feet will be elevated above their head and body.

The short-arm centrifuge in Germany will be used during the first joint long-term bedrest rest study commissioned by the European Space Agency and NASA to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the effects of spaceflight.
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