Science and technology is moving at a rapid pace, but even so, the red tape and shifting priorities of individual governments have kept it from moving as fast as it could. That's why a multinational group of researchers, scientists, and other experts have unveiled their plans for an independent space nation they've dubbed Asgardia, after the city in the skies from Norse mythology. The hope is that the nation "will offer an independent platform free from the constraint of a land-based country's laws," a place "which is truly 'no man's land'." There are also plans to mine asteroids and create a protective shield to defend Earth from meteorites, debris, and other interplanetary threats. The first step is to launch a robotic satellite in late 2017, then follow up with a permanent space station in which Asgardian citizens can live and work.
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Written by Ashley Hamer October 26, 2016
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