NASA Is Paying 24 People $19K to Stay in Bed

30 March, 2019, 11:38 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Space agencies paying volunteers $19,000 to lay in bed for 60 days

When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity can cause changes to human's bodies that can ultimately lead to bones and muscles breaking down and fluid moving toward a person's head, according to NASA.

The short-arm centrifuge in Germany will be used during the first joint long-term bedrest rest study commissioned by the European Space Agency and NASA to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the effects of spaceflight.

NASA and the European Space Agency are offering an odd job: they are paying a handsome amount for volunteers to lie in bed for weeks.

This story was first published on, "Space scientists want to pay you nearly $19,000 to lie in bed for 2 months".

The space agencies want Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity might help keep astronauts healthy in space, the CNET reported on Friday.

"This bed rest study. offers space researchers from all over Europe and the United States of America the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible".

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One of the groups will be rotated in a centrifuge to replicate an artificial gravity chamber, while the other won't be moved.

Volunteers will be paid 16,500 euros for their full participation.

If lying in bed for 60 days while getting paid for it sounds like an out-of-this-world deal, NASA sure has the flawless gig for you.

A full 60 of those days will be on bedrest. "Our team consists of scientific, physiotherapeutic and medical professionals - and nutritionists are also on board to take care of your physical well-being", says the website.

Plus, as this experiment is happening at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne you need to be able to speak German and be over 18.

In addition to the $19,000 stipend, the DLR points out additional benefits to participating in the study.



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