A FAMOUS astronaut received an out-of-the-world welcome to Derry this week.

Chris Hadfield last year became a global internet sensation after recording his own version of David Bowie's Space Oddity while in orbit.

The Canadian also sang Danny Boy on St Patrick's Day aboard the International Space Station.

His performances attracted a huge following back on Earth.

He accumulated over a million followers on Twitter after posting pictures and videos from space last year.

Hadfield also took dramatic photographs hundreds of miles above the Earth, including snaps of Derry and Belfast on St Patrick's Day.

Upon his return to Earth, he finished work on his autobiography ‘An Astronaut’s Guide To Life’.

Hadfield was in Derry on Monday to sign copies of his new book as part of an Ireland-wide tour.

A huge crowd turned up at the Easons store in the Foyleside Shopping Centre for the book-signing.

At one stage, the astronaut’s fans formed a queue of several hundred yards around the second floor of the shopping centre.

Now that he has retired as an astronaut, Hadfield has now agreed to promote Ireland – north and south – to his millions of fans.

He received the Lord Mayor of Dublin award last year in recognition of his contribution to Irish tourism.

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