Self-taught rocket scientist plans launch to test flat Earth theory

Mad Mike Hughes, 61, plans to reach an altitude of 1,800 ft over California in his home-made steam-powered rocket

Science is littered with narrations of idealists who paid for pioneering research to demonstrate their theories, and this weekend “Mad” Mike Hughes is hoping to join them. He plans to launch a homemade rocket in California as part of a entreat to eventually prove that the Earth is flat.

Hughes has invested $20,000( PS15, 000) building the steam-powered rocket in his spare time, and will be livestreaming the launch over the internet. The self-described daredevil told me that he switched his focus to rockets after twice breaking his back doing stunt jump-starts in cars.

” I don’t believe in science ,” proclaimed the 61 -year-old.” I know about aerodynamics and liquid dynamics and how things move around the air. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula .”

The rocket, which Hughes aims to reach an altitude of 1,800 ft( 550 metres) over California, will be launched from the back of a converted motorhome bought from Craigslist. It is sponsored by a flat Earth research group, and Hughes schemes a subsequent journey to try and detect the flatness of the Earth for himself.

Speaking about health risks of the flight, Hughes said:” It’s scary as inferno, but none of us are getting out of this world alive .”

Hughes’ website describes him as” the only boy to design, build and launching himself in a rocket”- he previously piloted in his own rocket in 2014, as this footage evidences.

Footage of Mike Hughes’ previous rocket flight.

Hughes has stated that once he lands at the weekend, he intends to announce that he is running for the governorship of California.

Flat Earth theory has encountered a resurgence in recent years, fuelled by online message boards and some high-profile endorsements from celebrities. The Flat Earth Society, founded in 1956 and relaunched online in the 2000 s, currently boasts of having over 500 members, although different groups has splintered into two separate factions with rivalling websites.

In the NBA, Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving induced headlines for appearing to endorse the idea that the Earth is flat, and former basketball sun Shaquille O’Neal astounded everyone in March by saying the same.” I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me ,” he said in a March podcast, before afterwards recanting the amount claimed saying he’d been joking. Irving has also recently distanced himself from the belief.

But Hughes is not alone in his quest to reach the sky to test established science. Rapper BoB has induced social media posts supporting the conjecture in the past, and is currently attempting to raise$ 1m to place” multiple weather balloons and satellites into room, for experimental exploration “. He has so far merely managed to gather virtually $7,000 for the project.

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