“Mad” Mike Hughes believes the world is flat – and he’s got a fool proof plan to prove it.
The 61-year-old limo driver and self-proclaimed “ma” man has been trying to get a rocket off the ground for some time now.
He previously shelled out a whopping $20,000 (£15,000) developing a rocket to send into space. The plan had been to man the craft and take a series of photos “proving the Earth was flat before ejecting himself from the rocket and landing safely via parachute.
Unfortunately for Hughes, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) shut down those initial plans, as the rocket had been set to crash on land owned by the BLM.
“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes told the Associated Press at the time.
“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.”
One-man team Mad Mike Hughes works from sun up to sundown in preparation for the launch on February 3rd! (every day is like this)Like and Share!#rocketlaunch#madmikehughes
Posted by Mad Mike Hughes on Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Now Hughes is back and preparing to launch the rocket for the second time on February 3. Better yet, the vertical rocket won’t be landing on Bureau property anymore, leaving “Mad” Mike to complete his mission.
The plan is to have the rocket reach around 35,000 feet (10,7000 metres) – the exact distance you need to reach in order to assess the curvature of the Earth.
Or at least that was the plan. Hughes is now claiming the whole thing is merely about publicity and, once the rocket is successfully launched, he will begin raising funds for a second launch that will determine, once and for all, whether the Earth is flat.
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Posted by Mad Mike Hughes on Friday, 19 January 2018
It almost sounds like he’s a tiny bit worried that the whole thing may end up falling flat, as it were.
Hughes isn’t the first person to come up with a hair-brained scheme to prove the world is flat. Rapper B.o.B. wants to send a satellite into space to prove it and has set up a Kickstarter fund to help fund it.
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