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Chris Hadfield invites Ahmed Mohamed to Toronto science show

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield says there is a ticket to his Toronto science show waiting for a Texas teenager who was arrested and later released with no charges after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.

Retired Canadian astronaut backs Texas teen arrested, released after homemade clock mistaken for bomb

Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and taken to juvenile detention Monday after teachers mistook the homemade electronic clock he had brought to school for a bomb. He was later released with no charges. (Anil Dash/Twitter)

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield says there is a ticket to his Toronto science show waiting for a Texas teenage boy who was arrested and later released with no charges after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. 

Hadfield reached out to Ahmed Mohamed on Twitter using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, which was trending worldwide in the aftermath of the 14-year-old boy's arrest.

The Grade 9 student was arrested in Irving on Monday.

"It made me feel like I wasn't human. It made me feel like a criminal," the teen told the Dallas Morning News.

The arrest elicited outrage online and gestures from U.S. President Barack Obama, NASA employees and celebrities – including Canada's most famous astronaut.

Hadfield is hosting Generator, a "science-based variety show," at Massey Hall Oct. 28.

"I'd love you to join us for our science show," he tweeted Wednesday.

Others have jumped in offering to pay for Ahmed's flight to Toronto and hotel stay.

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