Press Release: Asgardia Seeks UN Recognition For First Nation Space Station

First Posted: Nov 17, 2016 03:20 AM EST

How would it feel like for citizens live and work in outer space? Asgardia, the first nation space station, seeks the recognition of the United Nations for its first space station that aims to house those who applied to become its first citizens.

Leaders of the Asgardia project plan to build a prospective space station where they would eventually invite citizens to live there. Within just 40 hours of opening registration, over 100,000 future Asgardians registered, and in 20 days, over 500,000 hopeful nationals applied.

Asgardia's founding father Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli announced that he will seek the U.N. recognition over the next year. He plans to ask for the support of various nations across the world as he works with a team of global experts to make the project possible. Apart from opening a space station that is open for all citizens, the project aims to conduct space exploration and research that involve various nations from around the world.

"Simultaneously, I would like to ask you to confirm my temporary authority as the Head of Asgardia, so that I can represent the Asgardian Nation in talks with Earth countries and the UN in order to have Asgardia gain recognition as a fully independent state and a UN membership," Dr.. Ashurbeyli said in his address published in Asgardia Space.

Asgardia, named after the Norse gods' home of Asgard and city in the skies, is a concept by various founders including space experts from Canada, Russia, Romania and the United States. Its core concept is to launch a robotic satellite in 2017 and eventually, a permanent space station where people can build an independent country. They can work, live and create their own rules and regulations.

"The question of Asgardia citizenship is also essential. After Asgardia is recognized as a member of the UN, the question of reasons for granting citizenship will inevitably arise," Dr. Ashurbeyli explained in a report by Asgardia Space.

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