A man who believes the Earth is flat launched himself almost 2,000 feet into the air in a homemade rocket over the weekend. “Mad” Mike Hughes, 61, ascended 1,875 feet in his crowdfunded rocket on Saturday before crashing back to Earth in the Mojave Desert outside Amboy, California (only in California).
“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket — I’m tired of that stuff, I manned up and did it.”
Apart from a sore back and dinged-up rocket, Hughes said he was fine. Physically…
Hughes has generated controversy over his scientifically unsupported belief that the Earth is flat and shaped “like a Frisbee,” as he describes it. In a video posted on his Facebook page, he said his goal for the launch was to see the Earth’s shape.
“Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is,” Hughes said. “Do I know for sure? No. That’s why I want to go up in space.”
Hughes’ rocket hit estimated speeds of 350 mph before he pulled his parachute. He had to deploy a second parachute to keep from hitting the ground too hard. Hughes says he still isn’t satisfied by what he saw from a height of nearly 2,000 feet. Next, he wants to build a rocket carried into the upper atmosphere by a balloon and then launched — something he calls a “rockoon.” Hughes said such a craft would take him 68 miles above the Earth’s surface.
Besides investigating whether the Earth is flat by launching himself into space, Hughes wants to run for governor of California. Perfect! He’ll fit right in… “Mad” Mike Hughes… Here’s your sign.
SOURCE – BusinessInsider.com