The Astronaut Selection Test Book [Review]

December 7, 2018


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.

Book Details

Title: The Astronaut Selection Test Book || Author: Timothy Nigel Peake and The European Space Agency|| Published: October 4, 2018 || Genre: Puzzles || Imprint: Random House UK|| Publicist: Anje Niemandt|| Pages: 248


This books is written amazingly and the way chapters are grouped together ties in perfectly at the end of the book. The tests are clear and make it easier of some of the questions asked aspiring astronauts.

The tests provided in this book are very thought provoking and `i think everyone should check them out.

Also the illustrations makes things visually pleasing and its  easily to actually understand something through pictures.

This book is very useful when you consider the fact that, this career is not really out there and it would be good for someone who is interested to check it out and get to practise the questions required for a selection test.

Overall, this book is amazing and I’d recommend it to those interested in this career and even if you’re just intrigued and want to know more about astronauts.


Those were my thoughts, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a review copy. 

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