Researchers at the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (Medes) near Toulouse, France, are looking for young men who are willing to lie on their backs in bed and do nothing for two months. If they are up for the challenge, they will be paid $17,066. So, do you want to know where to sign up?
Their plan is to study the effects of microgravity, which is a state of virtual weightlessness. Astronaut’s bodies are affected negatively by going into space for long periods of time. So, this experiment allows scientists to study weightlessness and find ways to help astronauts who suffer after traveling to space.
The researchers are looking for 24 fit and sporty males from the ages of 20-45. Their candidates must be non-smokers and have no allergies. They must also have a body mass index somewhere between 22 and 27. Can I see this list of men when they are done with them? Thanks!
First, the candidates will undergo tests for two weeks before being stuck in their beds for 60 days. According to Dr Arnaud Beck, the coordinator of the experiment, “During the first two weeks our scientists will do a whole series of tests and measurements on the volunteers. This will be followed by a 60-day period during which they must remain in bed.”
For the last two weeks of the experiment, the participants will use the time to recuperate. They basically have to rest from doing so much resting. They will undergo tests to see what the consequences were for not standing up for two months.
The plan is to look at the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body. If they can determine the effects, then they can try to find ways to fight them. This will help astronauts in the future when traveling to space for long periods of time.
When astronauts spend long periods of time in space, their body endures damage. They experience muscle loss in the lower body. They can also experience a drop in their bone density and have difficulty standing.
There are some risks that come with the experiment. “In certain conditions the cardiovascular system is affected and is not capable of making the same effort as before the experiment. We even see a greater tendency to drops in blood pressure and vertigo.”
A few years ago, a man named Andrew Iwanicki did a similar experiment in Texas. He was located in the NASA Flight Analog Research Unit in Houston, Texas, and was paid $18,000 to lie down for 70 days. He wrote about the experience: “I have been in this bed for three weeks now, and I will be here for seven weeks more. Forty-four days ago, I had my last beer, last cup of coffee, last burrito, last walk around the block, and last bit of sunlight on my skin. It's been 66 days since I've seen my girlfriend. In 64, whatever is left of me can go home.”