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New head of 'space nation' aims for the stars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It sounds appealing given the state of politics on Earth: a plan to launch a utopian "space nation" with the aim of transcending earthly divisions. At a lavish ceremony in Vienna's Hofburg Palace on Monday, some 200 attendees inaugurated Russian scientist and businessman Igor Ashurbeyli as the first "head of nation" of Asgardia, named after a realm in Norse mythology. Ashurbeyli has been the driving force behind the concept, announcing the creation of Asgardia two years ago. read more


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