A non-profit organization called Asgardia is trying to form the first nation in space. Asgardia will launch a small satellite in summer 2017 as a means of establishing its presence in orbit.
The founders of Asgardia, which is named after Norse mythology's city in the skies, hope to create a peaceful, space-faring nation that mines asteroids and defends planet Earth from dangerous meteorites , space debris, and other threats . They announced the existence of Asgardia in October 2016, and subsequently garnered hundreds of thousands of citizenship applications.
However, experts are uncertain if Asgardia could become a nation, and it's unclear how it will fund or build a human space colony.
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