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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.

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Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday June 22 at 5:25pm

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

Sunday June 23 at 3:05am

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 1, Series 1

Friday June 28 at 12:05pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

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 5, Series 1

Saturday June 29 at 5:20pm

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

Sunday June 30 at 3:05am

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…

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday July 1 at 12:20pm

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

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

Tuesday July 2 at 4:55am

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

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

Tuesday July 2 at 12:10pm

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

Wednesday July 3 at 4:00am

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

Wednesday July 3 at 12:10pm

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

Thursday July 4 at 12:10pm

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

Friday July 5 at 11:55am

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…

Episode 6, Series 1

Saturday July 6 at 5:25pm

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…

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday July 7 at 3:40am

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…

Episode 6, Series 1

Tuesday July 9 at 4:15am

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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