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During a press conference on Wednesday, an international team of experts came together to announce a new project called Asgardia — a proposal to build the first ever nation in outer space. The proposal calls for using Asgardia not simply as a platform for people to live and work in space, but to specifically aid the mining of asteroids and the defense of Earth from meteorites, space debris, and whatever else might pose a threat to human here on the ground. “Asgardia is a fully-fledged and independent nation, and a future member of the United Nations — with all the attributes this status entails,” said Igor Ashurbeyli , a Russian scientist and businessman who founded the Asgardia project. “The essence of Asgardia is peace in space and the prevention of Earth’s conflicts being transferred into space.” Now, what exactly Asgardia is supposed to look like in its final iteration is still very unclear. But in the short run, the project calls for launching a prototype satellite in Fall 2017 (to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch) and rapidly move forward with building and launching a permanent operational space station which would act as a full, legalized nation state in Earth’s orbit.
originally posted by: PeachesNCream
Isn't that the name of Thor's home world?
In Norse religion, Asgard (Old Norse: ''Ásgarðr''; "Enclosure of the Æsir") is one of the Nine Worlds and home to the Æsir tribe of gods. It is surrounded by an incomplete wall attributed to a Hrimthurs riding the stallion Svaðilfari, according to Gylfaginning. Odin and his wife, Frigg, are the rulers of Asgard.