NASA, along with the German Aerospace Center and the European Space Agency is offering people $19,000 to lay in bed for six months. During this time they will do everything routine activities while in bed. They will eat, sleep, dress, and shower all while laying down.
This is all part of a prolonged bed rest study that launched this week at a German Aerospace Center (DLR) facility, where international researchers are examining how artificial gravity might help astronauts stay healthy in space, “especially in extreme conditions, such as in weightlessness in space,” according to CNET. “If astronauts are to live for long periods in space, or on the moon and Mars, science needs effective measures to counteract bone and muscle atrophy.”
During the two months, the volunteers will live in a single room but will be divided into groups. One group will be rotated around in a centrifuge, similar to an artificial gravity chamber, which will force blood back into their extremities, ABC News reported.
when you’re finished with your 60-day program, you must also spend the next 29 days in “acclimatization and recovery” to restore your body to a healthy bone and muscle density.