NASA and the European Space Agency (DLR) are offering $19,000 to 24 participants — 12 men and 12 women — to stay in bed for at least two months.
The objective of the study is to "research how the body changes in weightlessness," according to DLR's statement. When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity changes their body. With the reduced physical stress in space, their muscles and bones break down and body fluids shift toward their head, according to the German Aerospace Center, which was commissioned by NASA and the European Space Agency to conduct the study.
According to CNN, space scientists hope to find ways to counteract the impacts of weightlessness. This would save astronauts from having to spend much of their time in the space station exercising.
The $19,000 come with some strings attached, and not everyone will qualify. For starters, you must be able to speak German and be between 24 to 55. Your job won't be to just lie in bed and binge on Netflix or Hulu as scientists work on you. There will be at least one centrifuge, and your body would have to be tilted slightly downward at an angle to pool your bodily fluids into your upper body.
There will be "15 days of familiarization, 60 days of bed rest and then 14 days of rest and astronaut rehab, where you will be fit for everyday life again," DLR says on its website. Participants will live in a single room in the research facility, and "eating, washing, showering, going to the toilet, leisure activities" will take place lying down.
A team of nutritionists will select the meals to prevent participants from gaining weight and have all the nutrients they need. However, the German Aerospace Center says on its website that the meals are not "extra healthy," and there will sometimes be pancakes or other sweet treats.
Well, if lying down for 60 days is what it takes for humankind to take the next step towards space progress, then why not contribute to this cause and get paid in the process? If you're up for the challenge, apply via DLR's website.