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NASA Will Pay You $18,000 to Lie in Bed for 70 Days

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Looking for a way to get paid for just lying around? NASA has the perfect position for you.

The space agency is looking for human guinea pigs to remain in bed rest for 70 days, 24-hours a day. For your troubles, they will pay you $18,000, according to Forbes, which first reported the positions. Participants in the experiment will keep their bodies tilted, with their heads down and feet up, and will not get out of bed at all, with a few, limited exceptions for experiments.

The tests will help NASA “keep astronauts healthier and safer when they spend a long time in space.” NASA will also conduct a series of functional and physiological measures before and after the 70-day period, according to the job posting.

And don’t worry about losing your figure: participants can partake in an exercise program that allows them to work out while lying in bed using specially altered equipment. NASA has even created showers that allow participants to cleanse themselves without getting out of bed rest.

All in all, participants will have to commit 97 to 105 days to the experiment.

To recap: Always dreamed of being an astronaut, but just too lazy to get out of bed? Apply here

Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.

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