Asgardia Is a Space Nation You Can Join Without Leaving Home

first_imgBeing a citizen of an Earth-based nation has its advantages, but wouldn’t you like to be a citizen of space? Now you can with the announcement of Asgardia, a nation based entirely in space. Asgardia will launch a satellite next year, which will serve as its sole territory, and you can be a citizen. You won’t actually move away from your current terrestrial home—it’s sort of a symbolic thing. Asgardia, a name derived from the home of the old Norse gods, is a project headed by Russia nanoscientist Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli. He’s not a complete unknown; Ashurbeyli is the founder of the Aerospace International Research Center and chairman of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee. So, he’s a guy who cares deeply about science and human activity in space. The immediate goal of Asgardia is to get 100,000 citizens, at which time it will apply for recognition by the United Nations. Asgardia will be holding a contest for its citizens to help choose its flag, anthem, and insignia as well. The winners of the contest will be able to have a personal message included on the Asgardia satellite when it’s launched. The ultimate goal of Asgardia is to increase access to space and promote efforts to protect Earth from asteroids and space debris impact. A lofty objective to be sure, but it’s going to have a hard time being taken seriously.Who will save us from asteroids? Maybe the Asgardians.In order to be recognized by the UN, nations need to meet several requirements. Having territory and citizens are up there, but there also needs to be support from member states that also recognize the nation in question. When Asgardia’s only “territory” is an uninhabited satellite, it’s unlikely it will get that kind of support. If it ever did get recognition, Asgardia would be able to operate in space as it pleases, rather than be bound by the rules of the Outer Space Treaty, which requires oversight by the nation in which a space project is based. Asgardia is over halfway to the 100,000 citizen count, but that’s only the first hurdle.last_img read more

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Lottery Winner Claims 1 Million Check Wearing Scream Mask

first_img Maybe it will scare away friends and family looking for handouts? A man who won a Super Lotto prize in the Caribbean picked up his giant check while wearing a mask from the 1996 horror movie Scream.The Jamaican winner, who took home $158,400,000 Jamaican dollars (or around $1,171,400 in U.S. money), collected his winnings on Feb. 5.This is that happiness only a #SuperMillionaire knows about pic.twitter.com/xjRxtModuR— Supreme Ventures Ltd (@SVLGrp) February 5, 2019Supreme Ventures Limited, who runs the Super Lotto in the Caribbean islands, posted a photo of the man picking up his massive check on Twitter. The “super millionaire” winner, identified only as “A. Campbell,” can also be seen dancing in celebration with his check.Aside from the mask, Campbell also wore a full coat, long pants, and gloves to conceal his identity, KDKA reports.Cheque in hand! pic.twitter.com/UhO3ZCP58q— Supreme Ventures Ltd (@SVLGrp) February 5, 2019Campbell actually took 54 days to present his winning ticket, and Supreme Ventures had to place advertisements in the media, urging the winner to claim the prize before the 90-day deadline elapsed, according to St. Lucia’s The Loop.But the winner had good reason to be late. According to Campbell, he fell ill after learning he won the Super Lotto.“I looked at my ticket and ran into my bathroom and said, ‘I won! I won!’ From the day I found out that I won, I’ve been sick,” he told the Loop. “My head hurt me for three days because I was thinking so much. [Wondering] if what I’ve been longing for really come true. I had a belly ache for two weeks, sometimes I feel so much pain I forgot that I had won.”Campbell said his life has been “a struggle” but hopes that will change with the winnings. His first goal, he said, was to buy a house.Congratulations to the lucky (and scary) winner.More on Geek.com:NY House Designed to Stop Aging and Extend Owner’s Lives For Sale 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Heart-Shaped Meteorite Up for AuctionRare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch $1.7 Million in Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

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