NASA will pay people $19,000 to stay in bed for 60 days

Space scientists want to pay you almost $19,000 to lay in bed for 2 months

This centrifuge is being used to recreate Earth's gravity during the first joint long-term bed rest study between ESA and U.S. space agency NASA into the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the effects of spaceflight.

ESA team leader for research Jennifer Ngo-Anh speaks to press during the launch of the first joint long-term bed rest study between ESA and U.S. space agency NASA set to investigate the potential of artificial gravity in mitigating the physiological effects of spaceflight.

The study is called "AGBRESA" (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study) and the information that comes from it is used to improve conditions for astronauts in space. It's not clear yet how many participants will be needed for the next round, which will be conducted at the German Aerospace Center's Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, Germany, from September to December 2019.

Scientists believe adding artificial gravity could be key to keeping astronauts healthy during longer missions.

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One group will be rotated in a centrifuge, like an artificial gravity chamber, while the other group won't move, ABC News reported.

"This bed rest study. offers space researchers from all over Europe and the US the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible". As a reward for participating in the study, they will pay 16,500 euros, or about $18,522.

The first round of volunteers began their 60-day bed rest on Monday. This requires the participants to lie with their head down by six degrees. "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. Only people aged 24-55 who speak German are qualified to volunteer as a participant.

Would you be willing to stay in bed for two months if you could get paid for it? You need to be between 152cm and 190cm tall and have a BMI of between 19 and 30.

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