Scientists in France are looking for volunteers to spend 60 days straight in bed to test the effects of weightlessness.
According to The Guardian, researchers at the Institute are looking for young, fit and healthy males to do nothing else but lie on their back for 60 whole days in an effort to study the effects of microgravity, a state of virtual weightlessness.
Tempting as it might sound to lie on your back doing absolutely nothing and earn a quite handsome reward (~US$17,000) for doing so, it’s not exactly a walk in the park either.
For a start, two months is a long time and successful applicants will be subjected to a battery of tests for two weeks before and afterwards, so it’s really three months (88 days in total).
As well as that, applicants will have to do everything while lying on the bed, including eating, washing and… everything else you’d do during the course of an average day, with at least one shoulder kept in contact with the bed or the frame of the bed the entire time.
Commenting on the experiment, co-ordinator Dr Arnaud Beck told 20 Minutes: “The idea of this study is to reproduce the weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS).
“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, the head slightly inclined downwards at less than six degrees.”
If the sound of (~US$17,000) still sounds tempting and you haven’t been put off by all the associated downsides listed above, you can apply here.