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Astronomers are looking for 20 female volunteers to ‘float’ in BED for five days

Astronomers are looking for 20 female volunteers to ‘float’ in BED for five consecutive days – but warn it ‘sounds nice but the fun disappears very quickly’

  • Volunteers will spend five days in a bath such as a bed as part of the ESA study
  • There is already information about the impact of low pressure beds on male bodies
  • The head is kept six degrees below the horizon as part of the waterbed study
  • Part of the shoulder must touch the bed at all times – even during toilet breaks

The European Space Agency hunts for 20 women who ‘float’ in a bed for five consecutive days – but warn it ‘sounds nice but the pleasure disappears very quickly’.

The space agency is working with the Medes clinic in France to study the impact of ‘dry immersion’ baths on the female body.

Volunteers are supported and evenly suspended in the tub – mimics the hovering that astronauts experience at the international space station ISS.

They want female volunteers if they have almost no data about the impact of ‘floating’ on women – but they do have data about men.

They want female volunteers if they have almost no data about the impact of 'floating' on women - but they do have data about men

They want female volunteers if they have almost no data about the impact of ‘floating’ on women – but they do have data about men

ESA’s team leader human spaceflight Jennifer Ngo-Anh said that there will be no specific experiments for this first test round.

“We will collect data to better understand the model of dry immersion and how the women respond to assessing these studies for more extensive studies in the future.”

‘We receive a lot of requests to volunteer for these studies, but they are not a joke, lying in bed sounds nice, but the pleasure disappears very quickly.

“We constantly greet the volunteers who sacrifice their daily lives for human exploration.”

Different organizations and researchers can bid for access to research data or have their own specific tests performed on volunteers.

The results of this type of research will not only help people leave the planet and spend time in space, but also those bedridden people on earth for long periods of time.

In weightlessness the bodies of astronauts lose muscle and bone density, eyes change, liquids shift to the brain and more.

Finding ways to stay healthy in a job is a big part of the research into human space flights and the ‘bed rest’ studies are part of that process.

“The more subjects, the better, but sending people into space is expensive and difficult,” ESA said.

The study simulates aspects of space travel by placing volunteers in bed for a long time with their head 6 degrees below horizontal.

In the study, the head is tilted at an angle of 6 degrees below horizontal and a single shoulder must touch the bed at all times, even during washing and eating

In the study, the head is tilted at an angle of 6 degrees below horizontal and a single shoulder must touch the bed at all times, even during washing and eating

In the study, the head is tilted at an angle of 6 degrees below horizontal and a single shoulder must touch the bed at all times, even during washing and eating

One shoulder must touch the bed – even while eating, going to the toilet and washing, say ESA.

There are three sites used by ESA for studies on space flight bed rest – one in France, one in Germany and a new one in Slovenia.

The site of Slovenia is at a higher altitude with less atmospheric pressure, so it will be partially used for research into future habitation of the moon.

“The goal is to definitively test measures that reduce the unwanted effects of life in weightlessness,” said ESA science coordinator Angelique Van Ombergen.

“We have a long history at ESA in conducting bed rest studies, and this round will use all of our knowledge to coordinate and work out the best techniques.”

WILL PEOPLE BE BORN ON THE MOON ‘IN A FEW DECADES’?

Children are born on the moon ‘within a few decades’, with entire families joining the European colony of Europe by 2050, claims a scientist in space.

Professor Bernard Foing, ambassador of the ‘Moon Village’ schedule led by the European Space Agency, made the comments at a conference last week.

He said that by 2030 there could be a first lunar arrangement of six to ten pioneers – scientists, technicians, and engineers – that could grow to 100 by 2040.

“You could have a thousand in 2050 and then … you could of course consider having family” with the crew, he told AFP on September 22, 2017.

This year Professor Foing told the European Planetary Science Congress in Riga, Latvia, how the lunar peoples of humanity could expand rapidly.

Children are born on the moon 'within a few decades', with entire families joining the European colony of Europe by 2050, claims a scientist in space. Professor Bernard Foing, ambassador of the 'Moon Village' scheme driven by Esa (concept art shown), commented this week

Children are born on the moon 'within a few decades', with entire families joining the European colony of Europe by 2050, claims a scientist in space. Professor Bernard Foing, ambassador of the 'Moon Village' scheme driven by Esa (concept art shown), commented this week

Children are born on the moon ‘within a few decades’, with entire families joining the European colony of Europe by 2050, a scientist in space claims. Professor Bernard Foing, ambassador of the ‘Moon Village’ scheme driven by Esa (concept art shown), commented this week

He compared human expansion on the moon with the growth of the railways, as villages grew around train stations, followed by businesses.

Potential lunar sources include basalt, a volcanic rock that can be used as a raw material for 3D print satellites.

These can be deployed from the moon at a fraction of the cost of launching from the earth with high gravity.

The moon also houses helium-3, a rare isotope on our planet that could theoretically be used to generate cleaner, safer nuclear energy for the earth.

One of the main goals for lunar colonies is water trapped in ice on the poles of the moon.

Water can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen, two gases that explode when mixed – that provide rocket fuel.

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