Researchers at the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology in France are on the lookout for 24 fit, healthy male volunteers who don’t smoke and are between the ages of 20 and 45 to spend 60 days straight in bed to test the effects of weightlessness in the Universe.
The study is being carried out by the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (MEDES) in Toulouse. The institute’s dedicated clinic aims to simulate the effects of a space environment – in particular microgravity, or near weightlessness – using a ‘bed-rest model’.
According to the institute, the “experimental model faithfully replicates the absence of hydrostatic pressure and stress on the musculoskeletal system and reproduces the lack of physical activity of astronauts in the course of space flights.”
Consequences of such an experience are likely to include muscle loss and reduction in blood volume.
The institute has already carried out months-long tests in recent years, but the upcoming experiment – scheduled to take place between September and December – will require an 88-day commitment from participants.
After two weeks of initial tests, volunteers will spend 60 days lying in bed at a specific angle (head lower than their feet). The final stretch will be spent recuperating and having further tests carried out.
There are some specific criteria involved, however. Volunteers must be men aged between 20-45 who are active, healthy and non-smoking.
Final selection will be based on medical and psychological evaluation.
Those selected will be paid €16,000 for their troubles, with the payments spread over four years.
Similar experiments have been carried out in other parts of the world before, with one participant in a 70-day NASA study recounting his experience in an article for Vice.
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