An asteroid strike 66 million years ago triggered a chain reaction that eradicated dinosaurs and two thirds of life on Earth. Since the killer asteroid struck Earth, many smaller space rocks and comets have pelted the planet. Fortunately, we have yet to see another large object fly right at us – an event NASA claims to happen once every few million years. Scientists are therefore certain that sooner or later a space rock will hit Earth and preparations must be made when it happens.
Lembit Öpik, chairman of parliament for the space nation Asgardia, told Express.co.uk protection Earth from asteroids is one of the main targets of Asgardia.
Mr. Öpik said, "It's about life and death. The probability of an impact is 1
The former British politician, who was a Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire in Wales between 1998 and 2010, advocated a greater awareness of space-based threats in Parliament.  In 1999, he called on the government to invest between £ 500,000 and £ 1 million a year in the persecution of asteroids.
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Mr. Opik then persuaded the government in 2000 to take an initiative in the Near-Earth Object Task Group.
It's about life and death The likelihood of an impact is 100 percent.
The group published a report in September 2000 in which more investigations were requested from both far and near asteroids – so-called near-earth objects (NEOs
Even Mr. Öpik's grandfather was an astronomer whose work focused on the many asteroids that passed the Earth.
Now, Mr. Öpik is working with the first space nation to prepare the Earth for what he considers inevitable danger from space.
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Mr. Öpik said, "This happens very rarely, but when it happens, it is catastrophic and it will wipe out between 70 and 95 percent of all life." That seems to have happened before.
"Asgardia's goal is to create a kind of space-watcher initiative to protect our home planet, as we would call it, from cosmic threats." 19659003] Asgardia or the Space Kingdom of Asgardia is the world's first micronation, which was founded in 2016 with the launch of a satellite into orbit first child outside the world.
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Lembit Öpik, Chairman of the Parliament for the Space Nation Asgardia
Mr Öpik previously told Express.co.uk What Asgardia hopes to say to people in space over the next 25 years.
However, Asgardia's scientists need to demonstrate that people in space can be protected from threats such as asteroids to achieve these high goals.
not the only threat that lurks in space, Mr Öpik argues, but they are the most dangerous and the easiest to predict.
Luckily, leading space agencies such as NASA are not expecting any major impact in the foreseeable future
The US Space Agency said, "Experts estimate that an impact of an object the size of the one that exploded in 2013 over Chelyabinsk (Russia) – about 50 m – takes place once or twice in the century.
"Larger objects are expected to act much less frequently – from centuries to millennia.
"In the face of current Incompleteness of the NEO catalog can lead to unforeseen consequences at any time, such as the event in Chelyabinsk. At the beginning of 2019, NASA announced that the number of discovered NEOs was more than 19,000 and about 30 new space rocks were discovered each week.