Though physics debunks the concept that the Earth is flat, the science isn’t convincing enough for California resident Mike Hughes. This weekend, the flat-Earth conspiracy theorist will launch himself 1,800 feet high in a rocket made from scrap material. His goal? To prove that the planet is, indeed, flat.
There is a good chance the journey will kill him. After all, he will be traveling through the Mojave Desert at 500 mph. But if he survives, Hughes says his experiment will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
The 61-year-old’s ultimate goal is to do a subsequent launch that will put him miles above the Earth. The limousine drive plans on taking a camera with him to capture evidence of the disc we all live on. Said Hughes in a fundraising interview: “It’ll shut the door on this ball earth.”
The Washington Post reports that during the interview, Hughes addressed a number of conspiracy theories, including NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets. “John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes said at one point. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.” The event ended with him promising other flat-Earth believers that he would expose the conspiracy once-and-for-all, using nothing more than a steam-powered rocket which will launch from his mobile home on Saturday.
Hughes admits he still has much to learn when it comes to rocket science. “This whole tech thing,” he said earlier this year. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”
Admittedly, there is a chance Hughes could survive. In 2002, the visionary set a Guinness World Record for a limousine jump, according to Ars Technica. Since then, he’s been building rockets for years… though, not every launch has one according to plan.
Take a look below for proof:
Hughes built his first manned rocket in 2014. Surprising to some, it managed to fly a quarter-mile over the town of Winkelman, Arizona. The crash landing caused injuries which put him in a walker for two weeks, however. While this is a notable achievement, it is a quarter of the distance he will attempt this weekend.
Only recently did Hughes accept the flat Earth theory. For months, he struggled to raise funds for his follow-up flight over the Mojave desert. But after finding like-mindedness in those who believe the Earth is flat, he raised over $8,000 for his project, as well as procured additional funds.
In the initial pitch video, showing Hughes standing in his Apple Valley, California, living room, he said: “We want to do this and basically thumb our noses at all these billionaires trying to do this. They have not put a man in space yet. There are 20 different space agencies here in America, and I’m the last person that’s put a man in a rocket and launched it.”
Hughes won’t be able to test the rocket before he climbs inside this Saturday. Additionally, there will be no test launches before he attempts to steam himself at 500 mph across one mile of desert. However, he is determined to follow through with his mission — and for that, we commend him.
Already, Hughes is considering his next mission. It may involve floating in a balloon up to 20,000 feet above the ground, reports Ars Technica. Then, he would rocket-pack himself to outer space.
“It’s scary as hell,” Hughes told the Association Press. “But none of us are getting out of this world alive.”
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Source: Washington Post
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