If you're looking for an excuse to stay in bed, scientists are looking for people to take on the challenge for 60 days.
"The results of the study will help scientists develop more effective countermeasures or preventive measures so that astronauts on the space station do not have to spend most of their day doing sports", according to the German Aerospace Center, where the study will take place. Weightlessness makes them at increased risk for bone loss, kidney stones, bone fractures, loss of muscles mass, fatigue, and other injuries.
The new study called AGBRESA (Artificial Gravity Bed Rest-European Space Agency), will explore the potential benefits of artificial gravity on astronauts who will embark on long-term space missions. So much that the thought of staying in bed for two months is appealing?
The 12 male and 12 female participants - who will receive about $18,500 each - must eat, exercise and shower while in a head-down tilt position, as doing so duplicates numerous effects astronauts face in a low-gravity environment.
Close-up of a monitor in the control room of the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) short-arm centrifuge.
A full 60 of those days will be on bedrest.
The study conducted in Cologne, Germany will have two campaigns. The second campaign will kick off in early September.
The center is now looking for test person to take part in a bed rest study from September to December 2019. They are looking for women between 24 and 55 years old who do not smoke. Participants can be between 153 and 190cm with a BMI of 19-30kg/m2. They also need to have good German language skills.
But for your efforts, you'll get some sweet rewards, including an expense allowance of €16,500 euros ($27,321). This amount is equivalent to about $19,000.