This study is designed to achieve three core tasks:
Examining how the astronauts’ changing physiology in space could affect the process of certain missions.
Examining if the astronauts’ physiological state could affect their ability to perform in particular tasks.
Preparing countermeasures to combat any impairment that these physiological conditions may impose.
The study’s participants were divided into two groups: exercising and non-exercising.
The exercising group will have to exercise (on a specially designed equipment to maintain the laying down position and smoke cannabis), while the non-exercising group will just have to lie down and relax completely.
The entire study will last somewhere between 97 and 105, depending on whether you’re in the exercising or non-exercising group.
Once the study begins, during the initial 13 days (non-exercising subjects) and 21 days (exercising subjects) you can move around the bed rest area freely, in and out of bed. But once this period ends, for the next 70 days you’ll be forbidden from leaving your bed. For 70 days you’ll have to lie down, with your feet up, kick back and enjoy! You’ll get out of bed only for a few tests and nothing more. 70 days of complete lazing.
During the study, NASA will have to conduct bone, muscle and heart tests, as well as tests of your circulatory and nervous systems, your nutritional condition, and your body’s immunity system.
But is it worth it?
You may not think so at first, but spending two whole months in bed can be really excruciating. At some point you may feel like you can’t take it anymore but at least you can rest assured that your efforts will help in the advancement of human space travel.
This will probably be your only opportunity to say that you’ve actually helped send the first astronauts to Mars by just being your lazy self and doing nothing in particular but lying flat on your back.