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A recently-formed space nation is recruiting Earthlings to become citizens

The first ever human space nation, Asgardia, was recently announced at a press conference in Hong Kong.

At the conference, Asgardia also revealed their plans to launch their first satellite, Asgardia-1, in autumn this year. They plan to build a space station in Earth orbit as well as on the Moon.

Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, who is leading the project, spoke a bit more about the satellite. “Asgardia-1 will contain data stored for free for up to 1.5 million Asgardians on board the satellite,” Dr Ashurbeyli also claims that that the “names and data will forever stay in the memory of the new space humanity, as they will be reinstalled on every new Asgardia satellite.”

Asgardia began recruiting citizens for their upcoming space nation back in October by releasing a statement saying that the first 100,000 people to register would be granted citizenship of Asgardia alongside their nationality on Earth.

Not only is the dual citizenship an intriguing and very tempting concept, there’s the very real possibility of making history! Who doesn’t want to go down in history?! Asgardia claims to have more than 180,000 Earthlings who’ve signed on in the hopes of joining the futuristic orbital nation.

This new nation is doing its best to truly be unique by designing a unique flag, creating its own national anthem and constructing its own calendar, consisting of 13 months rather than 12. Not to mention that there is talk of Asgardia even having its own currency.

For those of you wondering why there even needs to be a space nation, Ram Jakhu, director of McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law and founding member of Asgardia, has a simple answer: “We must leave [Earth] because it’s very much in the nature of humanity.”

The more and more Asgardia gets discussed, the less and less it becomes a joke. People are beginning to take Asgardian citizenship a bit more seriously and are interested in the lofty yet vague plans of building this space station.

Asgardia released an image of their vision, which was comprised of plants and trees, flying vehicles and people casually walking around a giant space station. The only question left is – will you reserve your spot in this new nation?

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