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The Astronaut Selection Test Book
The Astronaut Selection Test Book

The Astronaut Selection Test Book

Do You Have What It Takes for Space?


256 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781529124149

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Mar 2020)

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Have YOU got what it takes to be an astronaut? This book will help readers of all ages find out.

Featuring 100 real astronaut tests and exercises from the European Space Agency's rigorous selection process, ranging from easy to fiendishly hard, The Astronaut Selection Test Book goes where no puzzle book has gone before. Including puzzles and tests on: visual perception and logic; mental arithmetic and concentration; psychological readiness; teamwork and leadership; survival, physical, and medical skills; foreign languages (every astronaut has to know Russian!); and much more. This richly illustrated book draws on Tim Peake's first-hand experience of applying to be an astronaut in 2008, when he and five others were chosen—out of more than 8,000 applications! We've all dreamed of being an astronaut, though of the estimated 100 billion people who have ever lived, only 557 people have traveled to space. But with this unprecedented look into real astronaut selection, you might just find out your dreams can become reality.


"The Astronaut Selection Test Book should corner the gift market much in the same way that GCHQ and Bletchley Park Brainteasers have done in the past couple of years." —Guardian

"Engrossing . . . a brain buster of a book . . . You'll learn plenty about space and what it takes to be an astronaut, but you'll also sharpen up your broader knowledge. For anyone interested in the space race and the imminent journey to Mars, here's the perfect stocking filler." – Starburst

"It's a brain work-out on steroids, stuffed with authentic selection tests . . . Entertaining and engaging . . . innovative, earnest, soulful and exhilarating." —BBC Sky at Night Magazine (5 STARS, Book of the Month)

"It's such a good idea . . . this is a very good thing for Christmas Day." —Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2

"Everybody, get this book . . . it's a fascinating read." —Chris Moyles, Radio X

"A fantastic gift . . . more than just a quiz." —WiLife

"The perfect [book] for big thinkers." —BBC Arts, 2018's Biggest Books

Author Biography

Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut. He finished his 186-day Principia mission working on the International Space Station for Expedition 46/47 when he landed back on Earth June 18, 2016. He is also a test pilot and served in the British Army Air Corps. Tim is a Fellow of a number of UK science, aviation, and space-based organizations. He is also a STEM ambassador. The European Space Agency is Europe's gateway to space, and boasts 22 member states. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.