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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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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 6, Series 1

Wednesday July 18 at 12:15pm

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

Wednesday July 18 at 10:30pm

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 1, Series 1

Saturday August 4 at 4:50pm

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

Saturday August 11 at 4:50pm

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

Saturday August 18 at 4:50pm

Episode 3 | Series 1

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

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