Too much effort to become an astronaut? NASA wants you!
Do you hate getting out of bed in the morning? If so, NASA needs you for a very special mission: Lying in bed at a downward 6 degree angle for 70 days. Those who complete the task will receive up to $18,000.
The study hopes to examine the physical changes that occur to astronauts during space flight and how much body function is required to complete specific tasks — information that can be used to make re-acclimation a little easier for space travelers upon their return to Earth.
The slight tilt of the bed in which volunteers will spend their time is designed to allow fluids to move toward the upper part of the body. This will help doctors study cardiovascular issues similar to those that might afflict astronauts on lengthy missions.
Volunteers will need more than just a slacker’s desire to lounge around in bed all day — they also must be nonsmokers in good physical condition who are able to pass the Modified Air Force Class III physical.
“We don’t want couch potatoes for this study,” senior scientist Dr. Roni Cromwell told the Houston Chronicle.
If you’re not too tired, just click over to the NASA website for more information.