Ever wonder if there's a job that requires you to just stay in bed, do nothing and still get paid £11,000 by NASA? Well here's another odd job that the space agency has come up with for the purpose of a new study.
NASA is in search of possible participants who will just stay in bed for about 70 days and do whatever you want, from reading, watching television or study and get paid for lazing around, Telegraph UK reports. The only catch is that for ten weeks of the study's duration, you can't leave the bed you're staying in.
The odd condition is aimed to copy the duration and environment in space flights. This will help science experts to further analyze how prolonged weightlessness can be sustained by the human body.
Here is another catch though: the beds of those who will apply for the study will be tilted in a backwards position, particularly at six degrees. This will make the head positioned lower than the feet so as to initiate the same cardiovascular stress that expert astronauts experience up there in space.
The Epoch Times stated that exercise will surely be done so as to help ease some health concerns that may rise when volunteers lie down for very long. It may lead for them to lose some muscle mass or affect the bone density that is common to happen among astronauts assigned in conditions where there are zero gravity.
The study called the Bed Rest Project has been blogged by numerous people online. One of them named as PillowNaut over at blogspot spoke that it is the perfect chance for her to catch up on the books she wants to finish reading. She added that it is not just about the money but the pride and fulfillment of rendering a huge contribution to science through helping an agency as big as NASA.
The senior scientist of the study, Dr Roni Cromwell remarked that only the applicants who are "very healthy" will be the possible volunteers of the project. They should also pass strict physical and psychological examinations.
So if you're still thinking of giving it a try, you can check it out here.
Other odd jobs in space as gathered by Telegraph UK's science correspondent Nick Collins include Chief Sniffer and Space Tour Guide.
The Chief Sniffer's job description includes smelling materials and other items which are to be used for space missions. On the other hand, the Space Tour Guide is one meant for the future. This is in support of companies trying to be the pioneers in guiding tourists into space and making lots of money out of it. This may be perfect for those who love working with elements of space and has basic knowledge on it but still not credible enough to be astronauts.
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