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 narratives of visionaries who paid for pioneering research to demonstrate their hypothesis, and this weekend “Mad” Mike Hughes is hoping to join them. He plans to launch a homemade rocket in California as part of a bid to eventually prove that the Earth is flat.

Hughes has expended $20,000( PS15, 000) constructing the steam-powered rocket in his spare time, and will be livestreaming the launch over the internet. The self-described daredevil says he switched his focus to rockets after twice breaking his back doing stunt leaps in cars.

” I don’t believe in science ,” declared the 61 -year-old.” I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through 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 plans a subsequent trip-up to try and find the flatness of the Earth for himself.

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

Hughes’ website describes him as” the only man to design, build and launch himself in a rocket”- he previously flew in his own rocket in 2014, as this footage displays.

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 considered a resurgence in recent years, fuelled by online message committees 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 the group has splintered into two separate factions with competing websites.

In the NBA, Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving induced headlines for appearing to endorse the idea that the Earth is flat, and former basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal astounded everyone in March by declaring the same.” I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me ,” he said in a March podcast, before afterward recanting the claim 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 attained social media posts supporting the hypothesi in the past, and is currently attempting to raise$ 1m to place” multiple weather balloons and satellites into space, for experimental exploration “. He has so far merely managed to gather nearly $7,000 for the project.

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