Do you dream of staying in bed and getting paid? Here is the perfect job for you! The researchers at NASA are paying about $5,000 per month to participants of their exercise study. The study lasts from 97 to 105 days, and according to NASA’s website: “the study will also evaluate the effectiveness of a new exercise program to maintain muscle size and strength, bone health, and cardiovascular function during 70 days of bed rest. The exercise program is called the countermeasure and functional testing (CFT) study.”
The study takes place at NASA’s Flight Analogs Research Unit (FARU) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and most of the former participant’s claim they volunteered to do their part to help keep future astronauts healthy. Exercising participants will spend 105 days and non-exercising subjects will spend 97 days at the research facility. According to the NASA website the volunteer’s stay is broken down as follows: Ambulatory Period “During the first 13 days for non-exercising subjects, or the first 21 days for exercising subjects, you will be free to move around inside the bed rest facility and do normal things. Bed Rest Period After the first 13 or 21 day period, you will spend 70 days lying in bed, with your body slightly tilted downward (head down, feet up). Recovery Period During the final 14 days of the study, you will again be free to move about within the facility. Because of deconditioning that takes place during bed rest, you will slowly begin normal everyday activity. You will participate in the reconditioning activities that are arranged for you during this time. During all phases of the study, you will take part in tests of your bone, muscle, heart and circulatory systems, and nervous systems, as well as your nutritional condition and your ability to fight off infections.”
Every volunteer must begin the study with a goal so that the time in bed is productive. One participant learned sign language while another took an online college course. The volunteers are given a TV, computer and video game console. The subjects are allowed visitors and spend time reading and talking with other participants. The participants are feed normal meals and are put on a diet designed to keep them at their current weight.
The application is online, requires some basic medical information and can be completed in minutes. You need to be a non-smoker, between the ages of 24 -55 and able to pass the Air Force Medical Evaluation. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may leave your contact information by calling 1-866-JSC-TEST. I applied and was not accepted, but this would be a great way to help the astronauts and make some Big Money!