If you are looking for extra cash, NASA has a way to help. The agency has announced that they want to hire people to spend eight months in a mock spacecraft. According to the New York Post, the experiment will take place in Moscow, Russia. They add, “Crew members will be expected to remain inside the fake spacecraft for the entirety of the eight months so that scientists can study the effects of such long confinement on the human body.”
NASA has done similar experiments like this in the past, where small teams have spent months in the same confined quarters at the International Space Station. But because Mars will be a different experience, they want to directly replicate that. As the outlet explains, “The first travelers that venture to Mars will experience something entirely different. They won’t be locked in their seats for eight months, but they most certainly won’t have the kind of freedom that ISS astronauts enjoy.”
NASA has particular requirements for anyone interested in the experiment. They want “highly motivated US citizens who are 30-55 years old and are proficient in both Russian and English languages. Requirements are: M.S., PhD., M.D. or completion of military officer training. Participants with a Bachelor’s degree and other certain qualifications (e.g., relevant additional education, military, or professional experience) may be acceptable candidates as well.”
NASA is very vague on compensation for anyone they hire. They do reveal, though that, “Different levels of compensation depending upon whether or not you are associated with NASA or if you are a NASA employee or contractor.” For more information on this venture, visit the NASA website.