Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Astronaut? | Tim Peake's Advice for Aspiring Astronauts

Tim Peake made history when he became the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. But, it was his six-month mission on the International Space Station that made him a household name. Tim had to go through a tough selection process to be chosen by the ESA and in his The Astronaut Selection Test Book, he shares 100 tests and exercises that you need to solve in order to become an astronaut. Do you think you have what it takes? Try out some of the real challenges used by the ESA in their astronaut selection process and listen to Tim's brilliant advice for aspiring astronauts below. 

Getting picked during the ESA astronaut selection process is fiercely competitive. Watch Tim Peake talking about how he was chosen:

Have a go at some of Tim's tricky puzzles to see if you have the mind of a future astronaut...

1. Try out this cube conundrum:

2. How good are you at maths?

Tim Peake's Conveyor Belt Challenge from The Astronaut Selection Test Book

3. This is a tricky one:

4. What's your answer?

Tim Peake's Gate Challenge from The Astronaut Selection Test Book

If you've tried this tests and think you might have what it takes to become an astronaut, watch this video where Tim shares his advice for aspiring astronauts. 


Tim Peake knows as well as anyone that becoming an astronaut isn't easy but if you've got a brain that can handle these tricky tests from Tim's book and you've got the determination to get to space then you could be heading to the International Space Station yourself one day. Tim's book, The Astronaut Selection Test Book, includes advice and insights into how to approach the astronaut selection test and 100 real astronaut tests for you to try on yourself. So, do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? 

Extracted from The Astronaut Selection Test Book by Tim Peake & the European Space Agency

  • The Astronaut Selection Test Book - Hardback - 9781780899183 - Tim Peake
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    Tim Peake will help you see if you have what it takes to travel into space with The Astronaut Selection Test Book.

    Part a puzzle book, part guide, this is suitable for all ages and anyone who dreams of following in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's footsteps in the 50th year since the moon landing. It finds Tim drawing on his personal experiences to give an authentic feel to all the questions.

    It includes 100 real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home and outlines the full ESA (European Space Agency) selection process for the first time. From visual memory and perception puzzles to teamwork exercises, survival skills and foreign language aptitude tests, the questions wildly vary in difficulty.

    Are you ready for blast off?