Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks of Scotland’s beauty

Commander Chris Hadfield was at Waterstone's in the West End

Commander Chris Hadfield was at Waterstone's in the West End

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An astronaut who gained a global following on board the International Space Station has revealed that Scotland was simply “beautiful” from space.

Commander Chris Hadfield, 55, said he could even spot heather and moss growth across the Highlands while he lived on the giant satellite – which was orbiting 267 miles above earth.

Chris, a Canadian with Scots roots, rose to fame after he recorded a zero gravity version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on board the International Space Station earlier this year.

And the famous astronaut was today greeted by about 400 fans at the Waterstone’s store in the West End, where he was promoting his latest book.

‘You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes’ features some of the incredible pictures he took from space.

Chris said: “I have seen the country so many times from orbit and so just driving around Scotland, I view it a little different than I used to.

“I would describe Scotland as beautiful from space and on the ground.”

An estimated 400 fans queued for hours to get the chance to take pictures with the astronaut.

One of them, Andy McInnes, 45, from the Capital, said: “He’s been in space – that’s the coolest thing ever.

“I like space anyway as I’m sort of an amateur astronomer.

“I think he’s brought the whole thing to life and it’s been a long time since we’ve had someone so charismatic.”