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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.

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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.

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Episode 3, Series 1

Monday October 14 at 1:25pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Episode 3 | Series 1

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

Episode 3, Series 1

Tuesday October 15 at 3:50am

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Episode 3 | Series 1

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Tuesday October 15 at 1:50pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Episode 4 | Series 1

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

Episode 5, Series 1

Wednesday October 16 at 1:25pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Episode 5 | Series 1

The astronaut candidates fight for their place in the final. Their leadership skills are assessed in a survival test and a 30-metre abseil down a sheer cliff face exposes weaknesses…

Episode 6, Series 1

Thursday October 17 at 1:25pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Episode 6 | Series 1

The finalists head to the Shuttle Landing Facility on Florida's Space Coast. They experience weightlessness as their motor skills are tested at 30,000 feet before returning to London…

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