How would you feel about receiving a whopping $18,000 for simply staying in bed for 70 long days? When we mention staying in bed, we actually mean staying in there incessantly. The task basically involves staying in a horizontal posture throughout a period of 70 days, including times when you need to go to the loo. I do not know about you but to me, that sounds like rather uphill task to accomplish for anyone.
NASA compensated a total of nearly 50 volunteers to achieve all that last year. They took on this assignment in order to ascertain how the bones and muscles in a human body wear out in conditions like that. In the long run, this research would assist scientists in planning lengthy space travel to other planets. Last thing a scientist would want is to stay suspended in space only to never be able to move parts of his body again.
Drew Iwanicki is one of the volunteers from this program who shared his experience during the program. While speaking to NextShark regarding the study termed CFT 70 (Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest Study), Iwanicki mentioned that he only came to know of this particular offer through Reddit back in 2013. Once he signed up for the program, Iwanicki was picked from a pool of a total of 25,000 volunteers.
Iwanicki went on to state that he was under supervision throughout the day while he had to strictly follow a diet plan in order to keep his weight maintained at 90 kilograms. He could not even get up to look his girlfriend in the eye each time she visited. Each time he wanted to urinate, he had to use a pee jug and a bedpan while staying in bed. Iwanicki remembers that he had to stick to a strict sleep schedule as well, 10 p.m to 6 a.m.
A laptop in a bracket over his head along with a few books helped him entertain himself. After accounting for tax, Iwanicki is said to have earned a total of about $13,000. That sums up to nearly $170 to lie in bed each day. I wonder how many of you would sign up for such an ordeal.