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Nasa is paying people £12,000 to lie in bed for 70 days

Calling all sleepyheads: apply for this job to veg out in the name of space research

Anybody out there wondering what your calling is in life? Do you have a flair for design? Are you shit hot at crunching numbers? Or are you just really good at lounging around in your bed, binge-watching Game Of Thrones with the curtains shut? Nasa has a job for you. 

As reported by the Independent, the space agency wants human guinea pigs to apply for their continuing investigation into the affects of zero gravity conditions on the body. Your job: to lie in bed for 70 days, as "head down bed rest is a good way to mimic a person traveling in space without gravity".

You'll be rewarded with just over £12,000 – which, taking into account that your job is lying down and you'll be doing it 24 hours a day, works out at £6.54 an hour. Perhaps it's not such a great fee, but then again your job is to do nothing. You do have to shit into a bedpan, though. 

If you're a seasoned pro at doing very little, you may need to embark on a fitness programme prior to application. Nasa is "looking for a population that resembles the Nasa astronaut population". Astronauts have to be incredibly fit to deal with the rigours of rocketing through the Earth's atmosphere at a gazillion miles an hour. They didn't get into space on a diet of pie, pints and TV, something Nasa is keen to stress when it says, in bold: "healthy test subjects are needed for these studies".

NASA wants to establish whether or not exercise would help astronauts who see their bodies affected by zero gravity conditions. Consequently, participants in the "bed rest study" are split into two groups - those who exercise and those who don't. The exercisers will conduct their weight training from the lying down position to help scientists understand whether or not astronauts should be doing the same thing up in space in the name of health.

You need to be a US citizen to apply, so if the idea of lying down for absolutely ages in return for cash sounds like your thing, apply here.