Did you ever wish you could get paid for doing nothing but you have too many skeletons in your closet to be a politician? Then this is the place for you. We’re about to tell you how to “Get Paid” to sleep like astronauts.
NASA is hiring people to lie in bed for 70 days. In fact, their current group of layabouts get paid the cool sum of almost $18,000. With pre-testing and post-testing periods the “sleepers” will be “working” at the Texas facility for a total of 15 weeks.
Sound too good to be true? Well, to be honest, there are some additional job responsibilities. They include: playing games, reading, skyping with friends and family, talking on the phone, taking online classes and—if you can work remotely—working your day job as well.
It’s not only an easy job but meaningful as well. Dr. Roni Cromwell, senior scientist on the bed rest study, told the press: “Subjects in the study look at it as a way to help. In that what we eventually do will help astronauts maintain their health while in space.”
This bed rest study concerns the influence of microgravity on humans. This countermeasure project recreates the effects of long-term outer space flight by requiring the participants spend 70 days lying in beds that are tilted head-down at a six-degree angle. (In fact, they even shower in a specially designed gurney.)
Being at this angle starts cardiovascular actions like what occurs in flight as well as involves “atrophy of the muscle and atrophy of bone density” added Cromwell. NASA hopes to minimize the changes so that astronauts’ bodies can function normally upon their return to Earth. (Ever see Wall-E?)
After the extended bed rest, participants are made to exercise. Cromwell elaborated: “We also ask them to do tasks that astronauts would do when they land on a planetary surface. Simulate getting out of a vehicle. Moving heavy objects at a short distance. This gives us an idea as to their functional capabilities.”
NASA’s news chief, Kelly Humphries reminds potential applicants that they are not looking for “couch potatoes” adding: “Subjects need to be very healthy.” All potential subjects are subjected to a modified yet rigorous Air Force Class Three physical. They must also go through a psychological screening and an hour and a half one-on-one session with a psychologist.
Cromwell notes: We want to make sure we select people who are mentally ready to spend 70 days in bed. Not everyone is comfortable with that. Not every type of person can tolerate an extended time in bed.”
She concluded: “Once they qualify physically and mentally, we do rigorous physical exercises to test muscle strength and aerobics capacity. We want people who have the physical and psychological characteristics of an astronaut. They should be able to do the kind of activities that astronauts do.”
If you’ve ever wanted to get paid to see if you have “the right stuff” or just have an interesting story to tell your grandkids thhere is your chance. Apply here and get paid.