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Dream Job - NASA Will Pay You $5,000 a Month To Stay In Bed!

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

If you like me struggled to get out of bed this morning, this might well be the job for you. Nasa are paying $5,000 a month to participants of their bed rest study. The study takes place at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Participants in the program apparently can chat on the phone, Skype, play games, work remotely on their laptops, read books etc. The only stipulation is that they must remain in bed.

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The NASA scientists are working to find ways to keep astronauts healthier and safer when they spend a long time in space. Head down bed rest is a good way to mimic a person traveling in space without gravity. They had this to say

"Head-down bed rest helps researchers study people on earth in a way that causes some of the changes the body goes through while traveling in space without gravity. This study will show how much your body, tilted down slightly with head down and feet up, for 70 days, 24-hours a day, without getting out of bed, except for limited times for specific tests, is like an astronaut’s body during the weightlessness of space flight. Watching you will help scientists learn how an astronaut’s body will change in weightlessness during space flight in the future." 

Subjects in this study will be tested on a set of seven functional tests (Functional Task Tests) and a corresponding set of physiological measures before and after 70 days of bed rest. 

The study will also evaluate the effectiveness of a new exercise program to maintain muscle size and strength, bone health, and cardiovascular function during 70 days of bed rest. The exercise program is called the countermeasure and functional testing (CFT) study. So you'll be expected to do a bit of working out for your money....

Not for me as I think I'd be bored by the second day but if its something you fancy you can apply via this link 

Good luck :)

Topics: Jobs, Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working