Your job is to simply lie in bed, pass the time and allow the researchers to perform periodic tests on your body.
From NASA’s website:
During the (first 15 days) of the study, participants will be free to move around inside the bed rest facility and do normal things. They will also take part in a number of tests to find out the normal state of their bone, muscle, heart and circulatory system, brain and nervous system, and vestibular (inner ear balance) system as well as their nutritional condition and their ability to fight off infections.
After the 15–day period, participants will spend 45 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. During the bed rest time they will also take part in a number of tests to find out changes in the state of their bone, muscle, heart and circulatory system and nervous system, as well as their nutritional condition and their ability to fight off infections.
The final 14 days is a recovery period where they begin the process of helping you regain muscle strength and readjust to a normal life.
What You’ll Do
Once you’ve entered the 60-day bed rest portion of the study, your options to pass the time are, of course, somewhat limited.
Every participant is set up with a TV, computer and video game console. You can also read or spend time with visitors.
The researchers suggest every participant begin the study with a goal so the time in bed is productive. Learn a foreign language, read “War and Peace,” beat Pac-Man — you get the idea.
All of your meals are provided, and the diet is designed to keep you at your current weight.
If three months of watching TV and reading magazines didn’t already sound enticing, add not having to cook to the list.
To be accepted as a participant, you need to be in good physical and mental health.
The application suggests researchers are looking for participants who resemble the average astronaut’s age and health.
How to Sign Up
Follow these 3 steps to sign up.
1, Like to unlock sign up.
2, Click on sign up link.
3, Send your details to NASA.
You can fill out the initial application online, and it’s pretty easy.
The application form requires your contact information. Fill out the application here.