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From an astronaut riding a rollercoaster to a tweed-wearing horse: 8 images from around the world

Today’s images of the day include freshly shorn alpacas in Peru, tweed at Cheltenham, and some far out there fashion as Tokyo Fashion Week gets underway.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is the first person to ride Galactica, a new virtual reality rollercoaster, at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire
Astronaut Chris Hadfield is the first person to ride Galactica, a new virtual reality rollercoaster, at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire Image by Fabio De Paola/PA Wire

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is the first person to ride Galactica, a new virtual reality rollercoaster, at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, which will open to the public on Thursday 24 March. The first Canadian to walk in space gained international notoriety after his rendition of Space Oddity by David Bowie, which he sang whilst onboard the International Space Station, went viral. When riding Galactica, riders will wear a specialist virtual reality headset where an on-board artificial intelligence guide will transport them from the launch pad into space. The visuals have been synchronised to each and every turn in the track to recreate the sensation of travelling through space.

Models display a creation designed by ha-ha design team during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week
Models display a creation designed by ha-ha design team during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week Image by AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

Models display creations designed by ha-ha design team during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Monday 14 March, 2016.

Floods in Louisiana have been declared a major disaster
Floods in Louisiana have been declared a major disaster Image by Lee Celano/The Shreveport Times via AP

Melissa Anderson paddles a boat as water from Caddo Lake floods the Oak Lawn Island subdivision where she lives in Mooringsport, Louisiana on Sunday 13 March, 2016. President Barack Obama has signed an order declaring Louisiana’s widespread flooding from heavy rains a major disaster.

An alpaca in Peru
An alpaca in Peru Image by AP Photo/Martin Mejia

In this 8 March photo, an alpaca walks to rejoin the herd after getting sheered on the Mallkini Hacienda in the highlands of the Puno department in Peru. Alpaca breeders sell the fiber for $3 a pound, but the same amount on the international market can fetch as much as $300 dollars, according to agrarian authorities in Puno.

A shephard holds onto a young alpaca
A shepherd holds onto a young alpaca Image by AP Photo/Martin Mejia

An Andean shepherd carries a young alpaca back to the herd after it strayed away within the Mallkini Hacienda alpaca farm that breeds alpacas for their fibre in the highlands in the Puno department of Peru. The shepherd leads the alpacas outside the farm every day for grazing and exercise, and returns them to the farm at night.

Former jockey A.P. McCoy unveils the worldÕs first authentic Harris Tweed suit designed for a racehorse, which has been specially commissioned by William Hill to celebrate the opening of this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Former jockey A.P. McCoy unveils the worldÕs first authentic Harris Tweed suit designed for a racehorse, which has been specially commissioned by William Hill to celebrate the opening of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Image by David Parry/PA Wire

Former jockey A.P. McCoy unveils the world’s first authentic Harris Tweed suit designed for a racehorse, which has been specially commissioned by William Hill to celebrate the opening of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The tweed suit was designed by former Alexander McQueen apprentice Emma Sandham-King and modelled by veteran racehorse Morestead. Statistician Dr. Geoff Ellis found that on average 200 miles and seven furlongs (321.5km) of tweed are worn every year by spectators every year at Cheltenham Festival, which is enough to stretch from Cheltenham to Ireland. The festival kicks off on Tuesday 15 March 2016.

Right whales in Cape Cod Bay
Right whales in Cape Cod Bay Image by AP Photo/Stephan Savoia

A ballet of three North Atlantic right whale tails break the surface in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Massachusetts. The endangered whales are frequenting the bay in increasing numbers, enticed by the fine dining possibilities of its plankton-rich waters. They have foraged in the bay for centuries, where their numbers were decimated when whalers hunted them for their oil and plastic-like baleen bone. For a stretch in the late 1990s, fewer than 30 whales were sighted each year.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Mark Twain during the fourth night of the Letters Live series at the Freemason's Hall,
Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Mark Twain during the fourth night of the Letters Live series at the Freemason’s Hall, Image by Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Mark Twain during the fourth night of the Letters Live series at the Freemason’s Hall, London. Letters Live sees a series of historic letters brought to life by an array of famous actors, musicians and writers.