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One Asteroid Could End Humanity, ‘Space Nation’ Warns World Leaders

A group of experts have called on government leaders across the world to increase focus on building technologies that would protect Earth from life-threatening asteroids. They said the impact that wiped out early life on the planet could happen in the future and eliminate the entire humanity. 

Members of Asgardia, also known as “space nation,” said a life-threatening asteroid impact is "inevitable," Futurism reported Monday. But there could be ways to prevent such catastrophe. 

“World leaders must intensify efforts to detect and track [near-earth objects] and create ways to deflect them from a strike on earth,” Asgardia’s Igor Ashurbeyli said in a press release. “Future life-threatening impacts are inevitable unless defenses are built.”

Ashurbeyli cited that there had been at least three large space objects that hit Earth in the past 100 years. He added each of the objects landed on the planet with an explosive power “many times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.” 

Government officials might easily dismiss the group’s proposal. The Asgardia has yet to establish its name in the space community as the group is still an idealistic concept to date.

However, they are not the only people that have been expressing concerns with large objects that could pose threats to Earth and humanity from space. Scientists and other experts from across the world have been sending the same warning over the past years. 

Retired NASA astronaut Russell Schweickart is among those people who believe a devastating asteroid impact could happen in the future. He recently called on the U.S. government to increase efforts to detect potential asteroid strikes.

Luckily, space agencies from different countries are not completely ignoring the threat of Earth-bound asteroids. 

In the U.S., NASA has started developing a probe that could hit incoming asteroids and redirect them away from Earth. The agency aims to see the technology fully operational by 2020 or 2021. 

The European Space Agency is also building its own tool for the same mission. ESA has been working on a self-driving spacecraft that would support NASA’s probe in blocking large asteroids. 

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