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Life in space is extreme, isolated and unforgiving, and surviving it requires extraordinary physical and mental strength. This incredible documentary follows 12 extraordinary people as they take on a demanding training regime usually reserved for real-life astronaut candidates.

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

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From piloting skills to life-and-death decisions, the intense training programme pushes the candidates’ bodies, minds and emotions to the limit. They take on a simulated space launch in a centrifuge, train to escape from a sinking helicopter and experience weightlessness onboard the infamous ‘vomit comet’, all while being assessed by a doctor, a psychologist and legendary astronaut Chris Hadfield – former commander of the International Space Station.

The camera becomes friend and confidant as the candidates battle through their rigorous training schedule, and intimate interviews reveal the thoughts, emotions and mindset of each team member.

Next On

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday December 16 at 7:30pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Twelve exceptional candidates go through a series of grueling physical and psychological tests to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

Episode 1, Series 1

Monday December 17 at 4:00am

Episode 1 | Series 1

Twelve exceptional candidates go through a series of grueling physical and psychological tests to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

Episode 1, Series 1

Saturday December 22 at 4:25pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Twelve exceptional candidates go through a series of grueling physical and psychological tests to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

Episode 1, Series 1

Saturday December 22 at 11:20pm

Episode 1 | Series 1

Twelve exceptional candidates go through a series of grueling physical and psychological tests to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday December 23 at 7:30pm

Episode 2 | Series 1

The remaining astronaut candidates are put through more demanding tests and pushed to their limits in a simulated emergency splashdown, where they have to escape from an underwater…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday December 24 at 4:00am

Episode 2 | Series 1

The remaining astronaut candidates are put through more demanding tests and pushed to their limits in a simulated emergency splashdown, where they have to escape from an underwater…

Episode 2, Series 1

Saturday December 29 at 4:30pm

Episode 2 | Series 1

The remaining astronaut candidates are put through more demanding tests and pushed to their limits in a simulated emergency splashdown, where they have to escape from an underwater…

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday December 30 at 2:10am

Episode 2 | Series 1

The remaining astronaut candidates are put through more demanding tests and pushed to their limits in a simulated emergency splashdown, where they have to escape from an underwater…

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday December 30 at 7:30pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

Old fears surface when the remaining astronaut candidates face a series of space agency swim tests.

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 5:20am

Episode 3 | Series 1

Old fears surface when the remaining astronaut candidates face a series of space agency swim tests.

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday January 5 at 9:30pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

Old fears surface when the remaining astronaut candidates face a series of space agency swim tests.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 4:30am

Episode 3 | Series 1

Old fears surface when the remaining astronaut candidates face a series of space agency swim tests.

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 7:30pm

Episode 4 | Series 1

The competition intensifies as the remaining astronaut candidates head off to a secret facility in Sweden.

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday January 7 at 4:45am

Episode 4 | Series 1

The competition intensifies as the remaining astronaut candidates head off to a secret facility in Sweden.

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