Job of the Day: NASA Test Subject


Here’s another “Would You Rather:” would you rather not have a job, or spend around 100 days in a NASA bed rest facility watching your muscles decay?

NASA has re-opened its application process for individuals interested in becoming subjects in the CFT 70 Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest study. To quote NASA: “Head down bed rest is a good way to mimic a person traveling in space without gravity.”

And sure, we’re all going to try a little head down bed rest this evening to see if it really feels like floating through space, but only a handful of us are going to apply to spend “70 days lying in bed, with your body slightly tilted downward.” 

Yes, NASA is using this study to figure out how to keep astronauts fit and healthy during their missions. But the study’s description is pretty clear: spending 70 days lying in bed is hard on your body, and they’re going to do a lot of tests to figure out just how hard it is and how to improve the experience.

On the plus side, the application form looks pretty straightforward, and you’d get to be part of NASA, if only for a few months. You’d be doing SCIENCE!

According to Business Insider, spending 70 days in bed (plus additional test days in the NASA facility before and after the bed rest) pays approximately $18,000.

What do you think? Ready to sign up for some head down bed rest?


8 Comments / Post A Comment

snackspace (#5,835)

Does head down bed rest come with Netflix?

HelloTheFuture (#5,275)

@snackspace According to Business Insider, “During your off time you get to play on your phone, read books, Skype, take online classes, or anything else you want… as long as you don’t stand up.” I don’t know where they sourced that info.

Samantha (#6,738)

@snackspace Imagine all the tumblr time a person could have while letting their muscles melt for ten weeks!
But really, I’d totally do this if it meant I could use that time to read books and learn to code (like everyone says I should.)

Runawaytwin (#2,693)

@Samantha wiht your head slightly down you would find it very aggravating to read or do anything. try it at home for an hour…it’s unnerving.

snackspace (#5,835)

@Runawaytwin noted. tonight’s assignment: watch Call the Midwife upside down.

Samantha (#6,738)

@Runawaytwin Down in which direction? Are you laying on your back, with your head slightly lower than the rest of your body? If you could rig up something to hold your books/computer/tv screen at that angle, I think it would work.

garli (#4,150)

You guys, don’t ever do this. I had 3 months of bed rest that it was hands down the worst thing that ever happened to me. You really can see your muscles fade away. Not moving is totally depressing. Your skin breaks out, weird aches show up, and day time tv is terrible. If it was 180K MAYBE, still probably no.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Just thinking about this makes me anxious. Gotta move!!

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