NASA offer volunteers €16,500 for the opportunity to lie in bed for 2 months to help them understand how artificial gravity can affect the human body.
The AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study) was launched this week by NASA in cooperation with the European Space Agency at the German Aerospace Centre.
The study marks the first time scientists will investigate the use of artificial gravity as a possible means of preventing the negative effects of weightlessness (the absence of gravity) on the human body.
Researchers are looking for 12 female and 12 male volunteers, aged between 24 and 55 to spend 60 days in the beds. All volunteers must speak German.
The beds will be located in :envihab, a medical research facility of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne.
The participants will remain at the facility for a total of 89 days, including five days of familiarisation and 14 days of rest and astronaut rehabilitation either side of the 60-day bed-rest phase.
During the study, the volunteers will be restricted in their movements to ensure any strain on muscles, tendons and the skeletal system is reduced.