Wannabe Space Pilgrims Test What Makes A Celestial Nation

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When Igor Ashurbeyli walked onstage to be inaugurated Asgardia’s head of state, it was a few small steps for the Russian scientist and businessman, and one dubious leap for the world’s first “space nation.�

The national anthem that preceded him fills the mind with scenes of an epic, pioneering future, and that’s just what Ashurbeyli envisions. Our descendents take up residence in “space arks� with artificial gravity, a fleet of ships defends earthlings from asteroids and other “threats e

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