A former British politician and current official of the space nation Asgardia warned that an asteroid impact event similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs is guaranteed to happen. The official noted that once this happens, over 90 percent of life on Earth would be wiped out.

The grim statement regarding an impending asteroid impact was made by Lembit Opik, the current Chairman of Parliament of Asgardia. Also known as the Space Kingdom of Asgardia, this micronation is focused on space exploration.  

Opik, who campaigned for increased awareness regarding threats from space during his time as a Member of Parliament in the U.K., warned that Earth will get hit again by an asteroid that’s as devastating as the one that destroyed the planet 66 million years ago.

Dubbed as Chicxulub impactor, this asteroid was believed to have been around 50 miles long. After colliding with Earth, the massive explosion from the impact triggered a series of catastrophic events that caused a global nuclear winter, which eventually ended most life on the planet.

Despite believing that a massive impact event will happen again, Opik is not sure exactly when it will occur.

“It’s a matter of life and death,” he told Express. “The chance of an impact is 100 percent, you just don’t know when.”

The Asgardian official predicted that if an asteroid that has the same magnitude as the Chicxulub impactor hits Earth, almost all living beings will be wiped out.

“This happens very rarely, but when it happens it’s catastrophic and it will wipe out between 70 to 95 percent of all life,” Opik said. “That’s what seems to have happened before.”

According to Opik, protecting Earth against the threat of asteroids is one of the objectives of Asgardia. Hopefully, other space agencies from different countries will work with the micronation to come up with more effective means of saving Earth from asteroid strikes.

“Asgardia, as one of its key mission objectives, is dedicated to creating a kind of space guard initiative to protect our home planet, as we would call it, from cosmic threats,” Opik said.

asteroids_passing_earth Pictured; an artistic illustration of an asteroid flying by Earth. Photo: NASA