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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You Could Now Get Paid To Stay In The Bath For Five Days

European Space Agency

It turns out dreams do come true, as you can get paid for staying in the bath for a week in a new study with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ESA wants 20 women to take part and sit in a dry-immersion bath for five days - meaning you won't actually get wet - to test the effects of weightlessness on the human body. Previously, the test has only been conducted on men.

The study will take place later this year in Toulouse, France for the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (MEDES).

European Space Agency

Explaining the concept, the ESA said: "Dry-immersion studies benefit from placing less pressure on the body as volunteers are supported and suspended evenly in the tub, a condition that mimics the floating astronauts experience on the International Space Station."

But if you think this is gonna be an easy ride to make some quick bucks, well, you better think again.

ESA's human spaceflight team leader, Jennifer Ngo-Anh, said: "We get many requests to be a volunteer for these studies, but they are no joke.

European Space Agency

"Lying in bed sounds fun but the pleasure wears off very quickly - especially when blood is drawn and muscle biopsies are involved - we constantly salute the volunteers that sacrifice their daily lives for the benefit of human exploration!"

It's not yet known how much people will be paid for the experiment but previously NASA paid people £14,000 to spend 89 days in bed as part of its Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study so you could be paid a nice chunk of cash.

NASA explained: "The results of the study help scientists develop more effective countermeasures or preventive measures so that astronauts on the space station do not have to spend most of their day doing sports."

You can put your name forward for studies like this here and MEDES will contact you if you match the criteria for future studies.

NASA recently announced they're looking for the next group of astronauts to shoot up to the moon.

Speaking about the recruitment drive, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said: "We're celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we're on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024.

"For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it's an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut.

"We're asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning 2 March."

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