Japan’s space agency wants to pay volunteers £2,500 to spend two weeks in a simulated space station
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is looking for eight volunteers to spend 14 days inside a simulated space station, as reported by Japan Today.
Those who are selected will be reimbursed to the tune of 380,000 yen, which is approximately £2,450, or £175 a day.
The purpose of the trial is to establish “more accurate stress markers”, so successful volunteers will be asked to live in a confined space, designed to simulate life on the International Space Station. During the fortnight, they’ll be asked to perform a variety of different tasks, during which their stress levels will be measured. According to Japan Today, they can’t take any personal belongings, which does seem a little harsh.
In order to have a chance of taking part you just need to be under 55 and in good health, and apply before the end of 31st January (which doesn’t leave you with very long considering Japan is nine hours ahead of us).
On the Japan Clinical Volunteer Network website, it doesn’t say the trial is only open to Japanese citizens, so there’s nothing to stop you from applying if you live outside Japan, except for the small challenge of deciphering the application form.
Unfortunately, there’s absolutely nothing to imply you’ll have any chance of being recruited as an astronaut following the trial, even if you remain as cool as a cucumber throughout. However, a £175 day rate still is not to be scoffed at.