Space agencies paying volunteers $19,000 to lay in bed for 60 days

Space agencies paying volunteers $19,000 to lay in bed for 60 days

In addition to the 60 days required for bed rest, participants will stay an additional 29 days for acclimation and supervised recovery involving stretching, massage and physiotherapy, the report said.

According to Leticia Vega, Associate Chief Scientist for International Collaborations for NASA's Human Research Program, the restrictions placed on the volunteers produce effects that are "similar to what astronauts experience in space", which can then be combined with what's known from studying humans in the weightless environment aboard ISS.

The study will benefit astronauts who spend a great deal of time in space. The facility is operated by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Space Agency (DLR).

These conditions will push the blood back to their extremities, much like artificial gravity would for astronauts. 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. "What surprised me the most: after a few days my body got used to the bed rest, it was much easier than I had imagined".

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

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The experiment will take place at the German Space Agency's Envihab (stylized as ':envihab'), in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency. The beds are angled downwards towards the head end by six degrees.

All participants need to do is spend 60 days lying down - that's it. You must speak German and be between 24 and 55 and healthy.

A nutritionist will be on hand to take care of everyone's diets and make sure the participants don't gain weight and are receiving everything their body needs. Participants should be 153-190 cm, and have BMI of 19-30 kg / m 2.

Scientists will study if daily sessions inside artificial gravity chambers can help prevent muscle deterioration on long-distance space missions like the Mars mission. However, note that you will have to translate the page into English.

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