09Nov2019

First Child Born In Space Will Equal Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin

HUMANS looking back at the history of spaceflight hundreds of years from now will remember three names: Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and the first child born in space, a space expert has said.

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The first child born in space will be a historic person, an expert has claimed (Image: GETTY)

A new space race is underway and it could result in the first human conception and birth in orbit. When Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the familial comfort of home in 1961 he became the first human to travel into outer space. Eight years later, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the surface of the Moon, proving human ingenuity can overcome all obstacles.

Many now believe the next big milestone is the birth of the first human child in space – the first “solar citizen” born off-planet. The mission statement is the primary objective of the Space Kingdom of Asgardia.

Founded in 2016 by Russian billionaire Igor Ashurbeyli, the micro-nation has taken upon itself to carry the torch for humanity into space. As outlandish as the claims might seem, Asgardia has drawn out a plan to conceive the first child in space in the next 22 years.

Asgardia’s Chairman of Parliament Lembit Öpik told Express.co.uk the child’s name will forever go down in history. Mr Öpik has previously claimed as many as 20,000 people will move into space in the next 25 years. The former British MP for Montgomeryshire said: “There will be three names that will always be remembered in terms of our space pioneering activities as a species.

“The first man in space Yuri Gagarin, the first man on the Moon Neil Armstrong and the first human born in space whose name we don’t know but whose name everyone will know once it’s happened. “Almost by definition, the first child will be an Asgardian because there is no other nationality that you can prescribe. “It doesn’t make sense to say that child is Japanese, or Russian, or German, or French, or Estonian.

“The child’s an Asgardian because Asgardia has no territorial claims on Earth but we do have a territorial claim in space.” The territorial claim in space comes off the back of a satellite launch into low Earth orbit in 2017.

The spacecraft dubbed Asgardia-1 was launched in a bid to claim sovereignty over space and to kick-start Asgardia’s long term goals of populating the solar system. But there are many obstacles in the way, which Asgardia and scientists around the globe will first have to figure out. Primary concerns about permanent living in space focus on the dangers of space radiation and prolonged exposure to microgravity.

Asgardia will also have to prove it can build the cohesive and structured society it boasts, in a place where life will depend on failsafe technology and peaceful coexistence with others. The dangers of space and how to overcome them were discussed by Asgardia at the micro-nation’s first Space Science and Investment Congress in Darmstadt, Germany, on October 14.

A panel of experts at the congress discussed the biological and ethical issues surrounding human conception in space. Source:  Express.co.uk

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