NASA study pays to lie in bed for 70 days

April 22nd, 2015 by Staff

The advertisement says NASA will pay $18,000 for the study.

( NEW YORK – Look online and you’ll find endless ads for medical studies, trials, and surveys that pay. Some sites offer $5 just for signing up. Some travel studies pay $40, and clinical studies that promise $150 an hour.

But can you get rich off of research studies? It’s not likely, unless you’re making a major commitment.

Here’s one example:

NASA scientists are working to find ways to keep astronauts healthier and safer when they spend a long time in space. Head down bed rest is a good way to mimic a person traveling in space without gravity.

NASA pays $18,000 for the study, but you have to lie in bed for 70 days.  

That is aimed to show how much your body, tilted down slightly with head down and feet up, for 70 days, 24-hours a day, without getting out of bed, except for limited times for specific tests, is like for an astronaut’s body during the weightlessness of space flight. 

Watching you will help scientists learn how an astronaut’s body will change in weightlessness during space flight in the future.

While the bed portion of the study takes 70 days, the commitment is actually much longer.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be scheduled to spend about 97 or 105 days living in the bed rest facility of NASA’s Flight Analogs Research Unit (FARU) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.

Exercising testers will spend 105 days and non-exercising testers will spend 97 days at the research unit. Scheduling will depend on the number of beds and your availability.

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