NASA Is Giving 18,500 Dollars To People Ready To Stay In Bed For Two Months
NASA needs no introduction. The organisation keeps conducting experiments for various space projects that if successful might hold a great deal for humanity in future.Around half a decade ago, NASA did an experiment where they required people to just lie down in bed. Something of a similar sort is happening again!
Lot of Money
Twenty four people are getting the chance to make an important contribution to space exploration and their job is to just lie down in bed! As the Evening Standard reports, NASA and ESA (the European Space Agency) are paying volunteers 16,500 euros—more than $18,500—to stay in bed for two months in the name of science.
The study is a way for scientists at the American and European space agencies to test the effectiveness of artificial gravity on Earth. Sounds complicated? Well honestly speaking, not really!
Not An Easy job At All
For 60 days, 24 volunteers will be instructed to eat their meals, go to the bathroom, and do everything else lying down. They can do anything they want with their months of free time, including reading, taking online classes, and binge-watching any shows they've been meaning to catch up on, as long as they can do it from bed. Honestly, this job isn't as easy as you think it is!
Effects of microgravity!
All that down time is meant to simulate the effects of microgravity on astronauts. When people spend extended periods in space, their muscles deteriorate, their bones become less dense, and their blood flows differently throughout their bodies. Regular exercise is used to combat this, but scientists hope that artificial gravity can do even more to fight the side effects. Now this sounds like an interesting study with a lot of money involved in it. We really hope scientists successfully get what they want out of this experiment!
The subjects of the study will be positioned at a slight incline with their feet raised higher than their heads to reduce blood flow to the legs, recreating the same physical changes astronauts experience in space. Now this is going to be an extremely challenging task!
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