11 May 2008

Look! Earn $$$$$$$$$s lying on your back!

This might have been the sort of advert one might see in the “personal services” section of the local paper – the section that advertises “massages” but it is a genuine offer from NASA....


If you are in Houston or can get there NASA may pay you $17,000 to stay in bed for 90 straight days. Seriously the bed-rest experiment, to take place in the Human Test Subject Facility of Johnson Space Centre, is designed to allow scientists to study some of the effects of microgravity on the human body. Participants will spend 90 days lying in bed, (except for limited times for specific tests) with their body slightly tilted downward (head down, feet up). Every day, they will be awake for 16 hours and lights out (asleep) for 8 hours.


Jokes aside, astronauts who've spent lengthy stays in space have suffered serious consequences. Our bodies have evolved to deal with a certain amount of gravitational force but if you reduce g then muscles atrophy and bones lose their density. It can take astronauts/cosmonauts (and soon taikonauts I presume) months to readjust to the Earth's gravitational force.


If you're still interested, you'll have to pass a standard Air Force medical and take a blood test. Apparently you can do what you like to alleviate the boredom but you must stay prone...


Right, now where’s my passport!

12 comments:

Nunyaa said...

Sounds too good to be true don't it?
You make me laugh with what you write most times. One hopes if you take on the job, and whilst in the prone position, you are not afflicted with the same as Mr Methane lol.

CherryPie said...

Blogging whilst lying on your back, now there is an interesting thought!!!

Sarge Charlie said...

American Tax dollars at work.

Thanks for the use of the photos, I am planning a post for Tuesday, I will credit you for the photos. There will also be a request.

Hint: Corkadoragha where the the torrential rains are more torrential, the squalor more squalid, the hopelessness more utterly hopeless than they are anywhere else.

Sarge Charlie said...

American Tax dollars at work.

Thanks for the use of the photos, I am planning a post for Tuesday, I will credit you for the photos. There will also be a request.

Hint: Corkadoragha where the the torrential rains are more torrential, the squalor more squalid, the hopelessness more utterly hopeless than they are anywhere else.

jams o donnell said...

Haha Nunyaa, as vegetarians the not wife and I are virtuosos of teh botty burp. Of a morning after a bean heavy dish it's duelling sousaphones at dawn!

THat sounds like heaven Cherie!

It sounds daft but there may be a method to the madness though sarge

jmb said...

I don't think there is enough money for me to even vaguely consider it. Type A personalities need not apply and there will be nasty consequences to the body from this.

Lil Jimmy said...

Plus the electrodes - they don't mention that.

Nunyaa said...

I'm wondering Jams , if you have tried the powder thing like Mr Methane, I bet you have, hey? LOL

jams o donnell said...

Seriously I don't think I could do that either jmb.. on the other hand if they do bed baths.....

Electrodes too James.. It gets better and better!


Nunyaa I am such a conservative.. mean I've never even set light to one!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Make it 14 hours awake and 10 hours for sleep, and I am your champ! I'll even agree to a reduction of pay, provided I am let to choose my food.

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

Sounds like a Bed Sore Liability case waiting to happen.

I so wish I could apply for this. I have very few God-given talents but falling asleep anytime, anywhere is definitely one of them.

jams o donnell said...

Get your application in NOW Snoopy, you are a shoo in!

And it is in Houston too EWBL, This could be the job of a lifetime!