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A British astronaut just shared one of his selection questions on Facebook. Can you answer it?

Promoting his new book, Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, astronaut and social media favourite Tim Peake posted one of the brainteasers from his selection test on Facebook.

Normal peasants like you and I attempted to answer it and it was a total cringe-fest.

I guess that’s why he’s up there and we’re stuck down here on good ol’ dusty Earth, driving Toyotas instead of spaceships.

Tim Peake is the very first European Space Agency astronaut from Britain and the seventh person born in the UK to have travelled to space. He was on board the International Space Station from December 2015 to June 2016, and the videos and photographs he posted during that time were a total sensation on social media.

He also went down in history as the first man to run the London Marathon from space.

Back in June, he published Hello, Is This Planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station which shows off some of the mesmerising photographs he took of our planet and the cosmos, along with plenty of interesting tidbits about life in space.

The book has been an absolute smash sales hit, and now he’s back at it again with Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space published last week by Little, Brown and Company.

To promote his new book, Major Peake went on Facebook to share one of the questions from the selection test he faced to become an astronaut.

The brainteaser involved mentally rotating a cube with a dot on its base. The challenge was to determine where the dot would be at the end of the sequence and well, it’s no surprise it sparked heated discussion among his almost 700k followers.

Major Peake posted: “Here’s a weekend brain teaser, featured in my #AskAnAstronaut book, straight from my astronaut selection test… they get harder!!!”

The answers went from the practical to the philosophical, making it evident that most people didn’t know what the hell they were talking about.

One Facebook user commented: “Can’t follow ambiguous instructions, and making an assumption about them that might be different to the person who wrote them would be potentially dangerous.”

Another claimed to crack the puzzle and shared the secret to the world: “Imagine holding the cube in your open hand. That’s how I did it. The dot was on the bottom at the end of the moves. The drawing is of no relevance really when you’re asked to do this in your mind.”

Another user interjected with a deep thought: “It’s not for philosophy school or entrance to debate club. It’s an exam for a heavily technical scientific role where getting the answer correct is imperative.”

The comments were almost as embarrassing as Peake’s recent interview on ITV’s This Morning when Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden asked Tim Peake if he got to steal any moon rocks from the lunar surface, not realising no human has stepped on the moon since 1972.

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