Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Series 1 - Episode 4



The remaining six potential astronauts get a little bit closer to their dream of actually going into space: they experience a simulated rocket launch. Strapped into a centrifuge until their body feels heavy, their faces “melt” and they almost pass out as a result of the G-forces, they’re then asked to translate instructions from Russian to English – because Russian is the language of space, apparently.

In this, and several other tests (including recognising when their oxygen levels are dangerously low – harder than you’d think), two candidates really shine. The others are brought down to earth with a bump.


The remaining candidates head to a secret facility in Sweden. There they are deliberately deprived of oxygen to see if they can recognise the signs of hypoxia, critical for an astronaut on a spacewalk. Their ability to withstand the strong G-forces of space travel is also tested in a human centrifuge.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Dr Kevin Fong
Contributor Chris Hadfield
Contributor Dr Iya Whiteley
Executive Producer Helen Thomas
Series Producer Tom Coveney