April 8, 2019
If you’re looking for a temporary, full-time job that requires no physical or mental demands of any kind, I may have just the position. You’ll need to be a woman between the ages of 24 and 55, and you must speak German. You’ll earn $19,000 for just two months “work.” And all you have to do is lie in bed with your head at a slight six-degree downward tilt for a couple of months at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne as part of a weightlessness study being performed by NASA and the European Space Agency.
You will eat, exercise, shower and, well, relieve yourself in the head-down position. This will cause your body to adapt as if it were in space. You will be continuously monitored to understand how the human body changes and adapts under such circumstances. Results allow measures to be devised that will help astronauts on space missions, as well as bed-ridden people on Earth.
NASA has done these experiments before. One woman who was a previous subject says that she had a surprisingly good time. The woman, identified only as Jana, says that “What surprised me the most: after a few days my body got used to the bed rest, it was much easier than I had imagined. I didn’t get bored by the many exciting experiments. On the contrary, time flew by.”
Thankfully, I don’t qualify.