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NASA to Pay Participants $1,200 Per Week to Stay In Bed


NASA is looking for a few brave souls to stay in bed — all day, every day — in exchange for a nice paycheck.

Researchers at the aeronautics agency are planning to conduct a study which will put participants on bed rest for 70 days. Volunteers will be required to lie down on a tilted mattress the entire time — and even use a modified shower and bathroom so they won't need to stand. 

These conditions are meant to simulate a weightless environment so scientists can research the effects of weightlessness on the human body. It's all so NASA can find a way to help returning astronauts better acclimate to life with gravity, after reentering Earth's atmosphere from space.

Study participants will also be put into two separate groups: one that completes a series of physical exercises along with their bed rest, and one that does not. (Both groups remain at NASA's facility for an extra two extra weeks to recover.)

For their help, volunteers will be paid $1,200 per week for up to 15 weeks — but only if they qualify for the study. To be considered, an applicant must not smoke and also be able to complete a modified Air Force physical.

You can learn more about the study at NASA's website, but what are your first thoughts? The money sounds nice, but would you be up for lying down?