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article imagePerfect NASA job: $18,000 for doing nothing during 70 days

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 21, 2013 in Science
Houston - It seems the ideal job for "couch potatoes". NASA announced this week that is looking for people who can lay down doing nothing for 70 days as part of a study that will test the physical conditions that astronauts encounter while traveling in space.
To conduct this research, the bed will have a slight inclination of 6 degrees downward at the head, allowing fluids to move to the upper body area to observe cardiovascular effects, simulate physical changes in long-term space missions, and analyze how much energy the body requires to perform a specific task.
Volunteers must undergo a physical examination before the test and will have to live for up to 15 weeks in a NASA space center located in Houston, Texas. There will be two groups; one of them will do some exercises while lying in bed and the second group will just rest and do nothing. NASA has arranged it so that the participants in the second group of the study do not even have to get up from their beds to use the restroom or take a shower. They will have a modified shower device and the participants can also eliminate bodily wastes while in bed.
Some risks arising from this study include atrophy of the bones and muscles, due to the time the subjects will be lying in the same position.
The pay is about $1,200 per week, thus a person completing the whole period of the study (doing nothing) could make about $18,000. If you want to apply, go to this link and complete the form. Potential test subjects should be US citizens or permanent residents, meet NASA/Johnson Space Center Security requirements, and resemble the NASA astronaut population.
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