The Astronaut Selection Test Book: Do You Have What it Takes for Space?
*** The puzzle book of 2018 ***Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut?Part puzzle book, part guide, The Astronaut Selection Test Book: Do You Have What it Takes? The book comprises 100 real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home, and outlines the... read full description below.
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||Astronauts - Popular works - Selection and appointment, Puzzles, Astronautics - Miscellanea
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*** The puzzle book of 2018 *** Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? Part puzzle book, part guide, The Astronaut Selection Test Book: Do You Have What it Takes? invites readers of all ages to attempt the European Space Agency's rigorous astronaut selection and training program. The book comprises 100 real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home, and outlines the full ESA selection process for the first time. Fascinating, surprising, and ranging in difficulty from easy to fiendishly 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, which will be richly illustrated, draws on Tim Peake's first-hand experiences of applying to ESA to be an astronaut in 2008, when he was selected with just 5 other astronauts from over 8000 applications. A wide range of ESA astronaut trainers have also contributed to the book. An exclusive competition will accompany publication, with details to be announced later this summer.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||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 (Book of the Month) * Entertaining and engaging, this intelligent book is educational and for the serious-minded... a route to the stars but also a road map for any career application. * 5* review and chosen as the book of the month in BBC Sky at Night Magazine * It's such a good idea... this is a very good thing for Christmas Day -- Graham Norton * BBC Radio 2 *
Tim Peake is a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. He finished his 186-day Principia mission working on the International Space Station for Expedition 46/47 when he landed back on Earth 18 June 2016. Tim attended Chichester High School for boys. During this time he was also a member of the combined cadet force before joining the Army as an Army Air Corps Officer. He has over 3000 flying hours and has flown more than 30 different types of helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. Tim is married with two sons. Among his leisure activities he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cross-country running, climbing, mountaineering and he completed the London Marathon in 2006. His interests include quantum physics and aviation. Tim is an ambassador for UK science- and space-based careers and is working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK's microgravity research programme. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Tim is also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust.