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Can You Solve This Riddle They Use To Choose Astronauts?

All of us, at one point, or probably still do, have wanted to be astronauts. You must agree that it is one of the coolest, most exciting professions, among other things. Only the best of the best make it. Here, we will find out if you have a chance at it too!

One of the best British astronauts, Tim Peake, wrote a book “Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space“. In his book, he tells us everything we have wondered about and wanted to know what it is like going into space and what is going on up there. He also explains about what it takes to become an astronaut.

Tim Peake served on the International Space Station for a grand total of 185 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes. That is more than enough time to contemplate and think about writing a book.

He shared one thing out of his book with all of us. It made some of us pretty confused!

While writing about all the crazy testing and what it takes to become an astronaut, he shares one logic riddle that was presented to the astronauts. One that, if you cannot answer, you cannot become one! Here we have the riddle for you. Lets see if you qualify enough to become an astronaut!

Take a look at the cube in the picture, it is essential to understand the puzzle that was printed in Tim’s new book. Are you ready?

Here’s Tim’s puzzle, “Imagine that you are facing a cube. This cube can roll to the left, right, forward (towards you) or backward (away from you). There is a dot on the bottom of the cube. Now in your mind, roll the cube: forward, left, left, forward, right, backward, right. Where’s the dot?”

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What do you think, where is the dot? Did you play it out enough times in your head? Or did you roll a cube around with a dot on the bottom? Lets check the answer!

After reading all of the answers on a Facebook post where he shared the riddle, Tim Peake actually gave us the right answer to his puzzle. His comment said: “I loved reading all your answers…and congratulations to all those who said it ended up on the bottom of the cube!” How many of you got the answer right?

Even though some of you probably figured out the right answer, unfortunately, it is not just that riddle test you have to pass to become a famous astronaut. Tim was among 9,000 other candidates before he was chosen to the next challenge, which was testing his ability to survive in space.

One of these missions was to investigate remote caves in Sardinia, which was a test designed to simulate the isolation Tim would feel in the depths of space. Another mission sent him to an underwater laboratory, which was meant to test his ability to undergo the immensely difficult spacewalks involved in maintaining the exterior of the ISS.

Do you think you are ready for all of this? If yes, then safe travels outside of the world!

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. cath dahl

    November 30, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    i would expect tougher tests would be administered…just took seconds to figure out where the dot is…

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