By Stacey Leasca
March 29, 2019

Think about your dream vacation for a second. Does it include sipping fruity drinks by the ocean? Skiing down your favorite mountain? Or, is your dream vacation hiking through a jungle with endless animal sightings? That’s cool. But you know what’s cooler? Sleeping in for two months straight.

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NASA is looking for a few volunteers to lie in bed for two months as part of a study to help scientists further understand how artificial gravity affects the human body, The Independent reported. It is the first time scientists will research if artificial gravity can prevent the negative effects of weightlessness in space.

The study, known as the AGBRESA, or Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study, launched in mid-March as a partnership between the U.S.-based agency in cooperation with the European Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center, according to The Independent.

“Crewed spaceflight will continue to be important in the future in order to carry out experiments in microgravity, but we must make it as safe as possible for the astronauts,” Hansjörg Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology, said in a statement. “This bed rest study conducted by DLR, NASA and ESA offers space researchers from all over Europe and the USA the opportunity to work together and jointly acquire as much scientific knowledge about human physiology as possible.”

The team, Dittus added, is looking for 12 female and 12 male volunteers. All volunteers must be between the ages of 24 and 55, be willing to spend 60 days in the bed at a medical research facility inside the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne., and must be able to speak German.

During the study, the beds will be angled downward six degrees toward the head of the bed to simulate “displacement of bodily fluids experienced by astronauts in a space shuttle.” All participants will also have their movements restricted and any leisure activity will take place in bed as well. Throughout their stay volunteers will take part in tests including cognitive ability tests, muscle strength, balance, and cardiovascular function.

Want in? Email your application to probanden-bit@dlr.de by May 24.

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