In bed with Nasa and the ESA

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brian livesey
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In bed with Nasa and the ESA

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Nasa is paying £14,000 to candidates willing to stay lying down in bed for 60 days. The study is a joint project with the ESA ( European Space Agency ) into the effects of weightlessness on the human body.
Similar studies have been done before, but this one will deal specifically with the benefits, or otherwise, of artificial gravity to astronauts. Only "healthy people between the ages of 20 and 45" need apply.
Jennifer Ngo-Anh, the ESA team leader for the project, said: "This study allows us to address the issue of muscular atrophy caused by weightlessness, but also other stressors such as cosmic radiation, isolation and spacial restrictions."
The study, which began on Tuesday, will simulate the muscle and bone wastage which is caused by weightlessness.

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