A man in the US who suspects the earth is flat has constructed a rocket and is planning to launch himself into space and find out the truth once and for all.
His name is ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes and he’s part of a larger collective of people called Flat Earthers who believe that the world as we know it is a lie and we are existing on a flat plane rather than a round planet.
The 61-year-old limo driver from California is now planning to send himself into space to find out for himself. Hughes has built a steam-powered vessel for the flight using scrap metal and reckons he’s spent about $20,000 (£15,000) in all on the project.
Taking off from the Mojave Desert, Hughes is hoping to hit speeds of up to 500 miles per hour in an attempt to reach the great beyond.
“I don’t believe in science,” Mr Hughes told the Associated Press (AP), in perhaps the least surprising statement of the year. “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.”
Disregarding anything approaching scientific theory when it comes to his project, Hughes is hoping to ascend to a high enough height that he will be able to gather evidence that disproves the notion the earth is round.
He’s received significant backing too, with a group called Research Flat Earth providing the bulk of funding for his space mission. Speaking in a previous interview with Daily Plane, Mr Hughes expressed his hope that the mission would “prove once and for all this earth is flat”.
“It will shut the door on this ball earth,” he said, adding that he hoped his revelation would uncover other secrets. “This is the king of the deceptions,” he added. “This is it. And once this domino falls and more people come to this side, then everything else — the dominos structure falls”.
This isn’t the first time Hughes has attempted this kind of experiment. Back in 2014, he sustained several serious injuries after attempting a similar launch in Arizona. Despite this experience, Hughes told the AP he fears nothing.
“If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” he said. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket.”
‘Mad’ Mike might seem like a pretty crazy guy, but he’s not alone in believing the earth is flat. Rapper B.o.B. recently launched a Kickstarter to try and raise funds to send a satellite into space to prove the earth is flat. It’s fair to say his fundraising efforts have not gone to plan so far though.