Situations Vacant: young, fit and healthy men wanted for an extreme space experiment, which pays $17K, but it’s a job that you don’t even need to get out of bed for.
This space experiment will pay you $17K to lie in bed for two months
So, imagine browsing the Situations Vacant and circling a couple of options, before seeing what could be the ultimate dream job for some: being paid to stay in bed for two months.
Now, as simple as that sounds, it is actually more than that, as researchers at France’s Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology will pay test subjects 16,000 euros – that’s about $17,000 in real money – to lie in bed for 60 days.
Although looking at the details, there is more to it than being flat on your back for two months. See, the test subject will be required to have one shoulder in contact with the bed (or its frame), at all times. And, sorry, ladies, it is only open to males, who are physically fit and between the ages of 25 and 40.
Just what is the experiment all about? While it might sound like some weird social experiment or performance by David Blane, it is anything but, as it is serious research that is being conducted to help scientists learn about the effects of microgravity at the International Space Station.
It’s not the first experiment of its kind, either, as there was a similar experiment in 2016 that had a test subject spent a year aboard the International Space Station.
There wasn’t any laying down on the job, though, as the subject had to do over 700 hours of exercise, as well as drink 730 liters of recycled sweat and pee – yeah, to some, that makes two months of being bedridden a bit more bearable.
Since the chosen test subject won’t be allowed to move out of bed, all eating, peeing and pooping – and bed baths, too, of course – will be done while lying down on the job. For the first two weeks, scientists will do a battery of tests on the volunteers, which will be followed by a 60-day period, where the test subject must remain in bed – a bed that is on Earth, though, and not the International Space Station.
What is this testing all in aid of? It’s to see what happens to a person who doesn’t step foot on the ground for 60 days, which will help scientists combat any negative side effects that come with not doing so.
Where does one apply? Right here, at the MEDES, which specializes in space medicine and physiology to promote the application of space research in the field of health.