NASA is willing to pay someone nearly $19,000 to spend two whole months watching TV in bed, but there’s a catch.
Researchers at NASA and ESA are looking at the effects of “artificial gravity“ on the body to see if it may be beneficial to astronauts who spend a long time in space.
They will select 24 participants to travel to the German Aerospace Center, where they will be subjected to 60 days of bed rest and be monitored around the clock.
The participants will be separated into two groups, but housed in a single room, where they will be propped up at an incline with their feet above their head. This will reduce blood flow to the extremities, mimicking the effects of being in space. It may also cause numbness and muscle deterioration.
The volunteers will then do a number of activities lying down, such as eating, reading, watching television or going to the toilet. And all for a very sweet salary of 16,500 pounds, which works out to be $18,565.
One group will be spun around in a centrifuge, akin to an artificial gravity chamber, which will force blood back into their extremities. The other group will not be spun.
Scientists hope by comparing the groups they will learn whether “artificial gravity“ will be helpful during long-term space travel.
Like most dream jobs, the offer comes with a catch. You must speak German and be between 24 and 55 and healthy.