Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut?

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To celebrate the release of Scout Ambassador Tim Peake’s new book, The Astronaut Selection Test Book: Do You Have What it Takes?, we’ve got an exciting giveaway for potential space explorers. 

Co-authored with the European Space Agency (ESA), the book invites readers to attempt their rigorous astronaut selection and training program. It includes one hundred real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home, and outlines the full ESA selection process for the first time. 

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Ranging in difficulty from easy to incredibly hard, the tests include visual memory and perception puzzles, concentration tests, maths and mental arithmetic problems, psychological quizzes, teamwork and leadership exercises, survival skills, physical and medical exams, foreign language aptitude tests (ESA astronauts must learn Russian) and more. The book draws on Tim Peake's first-hand experiences of applying to the ESA to be an astronaut in 2008, when he was selected with just five other astronauts from over 8,000 applications.

We’ve got three copies of the book to give away to space-loving Scouts. For a chance to win your copy, submit your answers to the three tests below and answer the question, ‘What would make you a great astronaut?’ Answers should go to CornerstoneFacebook@randomhouse.co.uk with the subject line: ‘I’ve got what it takes to be an astronaut’.

The closing date is Friday 23 November and winners will be informed by Friday 30 November.


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