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05/08/2008 03:59 PM ID: 70588 Permalink   

New NASA Job: For You to Lie in Bed


NASA wants to pay $17,000 for test subjects to stay in bed for 90 days straight. The bed rest experiment is to take place in the Johnson Space Center and is designed to study some of the effects of microgravity on the human body.

Participants will be lying in bed for 90 days with their heads titled down and their feet up. Every day the participants will be awake for 16 hours and sleep for 8 hours, but the entire time will be spent in bed.

The reason behind this study is that astronauts who have spent lengthy stays in space have suffered serious repercussions. In space with reduced g forces, the blood pools in the feet, muscles atrophy and bones lose their density.

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  what about  
when you need to poo ?
  by: Hugo Chavez     05/08/2008 04:01 PM     
  My wife  
Is perfect for this job! She already has a three year start on lying in bed doing nothing...
  by: Allanthar     05/08/2008 04:04 PM     
  I suspect  
that this experiment would be severely damaging to anyone who takes part.
  by: ofwolfandman   05/08/2008 07:29 PM     
$188 a day..... that's not much to suffer for 3 months in a bed. now. if your already doing that then go for it.
  by: robplatt   05/08/2008 10:39 PM     
  comma patients  
I know it might be a tad grim... but what about all the comma patients available, wouldn't they be more accurate test subjects? You'd at least know they didn't accidentally get up and go to take a piss.
  by: deadmeat     05/09/2008 12:34 AM     
No verbal feedback or ability to recover after the 90 days? Other than that they'd be great.
  by: Kuhl   05/09/2008 12:51 AM     
  @Hugo Chavez  
that's when you really start to regret that your head is at the low end of the bed!
  by: opinionated   05/09/2008 12:51 AM     
  90 days  
are very long time to bear this i think if
it would be successful yet the mars travel
may come into existence.
  by: vizhatlan     05/09/2008 12:06 PM     
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