Work for NASA: Lie in Bed for 15 Weeks

And get paid about $5K a month
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2013 2:52 AM CDT
Updated Sep 19, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
Work for NASA: Lie in Bed for 15 Weeks
NASA's looking for test subjects to stay in bed for 15 weeks.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Best job ever? NASA wants test subjects to spend 15 weeks in bed and get paid about $5,000 a month for doing it, the Metro reports. Sounds like a dream job (literally), until you realize that you'd be prohibited from sitting or standing up, the Houston Chronicle notes. In the meantime, you'll be a subject for seven different research projects. And even though you'll be lying down, you'll still have to be active, doing exercises in bed in the Galveston center.

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You can't be exposed to much sunlight, either; you'll get a vitamin instead. Subjects "experience the same physical changes that astronauts go through on long missions," says a researcher. The project investigates "the musculoskeletal and psychological effects of long-term confinement to a reduced gravity environment," NASA says, per Gizmodo UK. Subjects are encouraged to work on something in the meantime, whether it's a personal project or Internet-based work. At the end, there's a two-week rehab session. (In other NASA-themed news, this NASA photo has been making waves.)

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