Russian billionaire becomes leader of world’s first space nation

A Russian billionaire has held a lavish ceremony at a castle in Austria to declare himself the leader of a new, independent ‘space nation’ called Asgardia.

 

The Asgardia is the brainchild of Russian rocket scientist Igor Ashurbeyli.

 

 

The self-funded event was held at the opulent Hofburg palace in Vienna and included a choral performance of the nation’s anthem, an official oath and a video message from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev on the International Space Station.

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