There are still a lot of people who have different opinions on the shape of the Earth. However, a flat-earther wants to launch himself to prove the Earth is flat.
This flat-earther claims he doesn’t believe in science. Meanwhile, on Saturday (Nov. 25), he will try to launch himself into space, thus, proving the Earth is “flat”.
His name is “Mad” Mike Hughes. He will try to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) above the Mojave Desert in a rocket he built for himself.
“I don’t believe in science. I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.” Hughes told The Associated Press.
He made his steam-powered rocket from salvaged metals and also built the launch ramp himself for about $20,000. Also, he is very confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat.
This is not the first time for Hughes to launch himself. However, this will be the highest and farthest by far.
Hughes, 61, did another launch in 2014 which didn’t end well. He told a flat-Earth community Web show that the flight ended when he pulled his parachutes — two of which he said were at least 20 years old at the time and one of which didn’t open.
He is determined to travel about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the launch site, a ghost town called Amboy. Then, returning on the ground through a parachute.
Mike Hughes, a limo-driver in California has made a name for himself with other crazy stunts. From a 2002 Guinness World Record limousine jump to various rocket launches.
However, you will be able to watch the launch through a live stream on Hughes’ YouTube channel. He is planning to perform the launch between 2 and 3 pm PST.
Thumbnail image: Mike Hughes standing beside his steam-powered rocket. Credit: Waldo Stakes/AP