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Flat-Earther to blast off in a rocket (again)

By T.K. Randall
August 11, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

Hughes is back for another attempt. Image Credit: YouTube / Rocketman the Movie / Mike Hughes
Self-taught rocket scientist and flat Earth obsessive 'Mad' Mike Hughes will attempt his latest stunt later today.
Hughes, who describes himself as a 'daredevil', is certainly no stranger to madcap capers having previously broken his back twice while undertaking extreme stunt jumps in cars.

Last year he managed to climb to an altitude of 1,875ft at 350mph in his own homemade steam-powered rocket in a bizarre attempt to prove to the world that the Earth is flat.

The launch was a success, with Hughes walking away with little more than a sore back.
Now, more than a year later, he's back for another try and this time he is hoping to ascend to twice the height of his previous attempt - again in the hope of proving that the planet is shaped like a frisbee.

As before, the rocket he will be blasting off in was put together in his own garage.

Given the dangers involved, it remains to be seen whether or not he will succeed a second time.



Source: Live Science | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by Rlyeh 5 years ago
He's not even close to achieving orbit.
Comment icon #4 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
Another link said, this is just about the homemade rockets, not an attempt to prove the earth is flat. Which at his attempted altitude of 5,000' isn't likely.
Comment icon #5 Posted by RabidMongoose 5 years ago
And this years Darwin Award goes to.....
Comment icon #6 Posted by DanL 5 years ago
If he wants to see the world from 5,000 feet or higher all he needs to do is book a flight on a short hop commuter flight. Even at 30,000, you don't see anything that would tell you much about the shape of the Earth. His flat-Earth stuff is all just to get attention for his daredevil stunts.
Comment icon #7 Posted by highdesert50 5 years ago
Hmmm, he could have flown to about 40000 ft in a commercial airliner, used a wide angle lens camera, and with careful measurement attained results. Alternatively, sent up a high altitude balloon with camera. Regardless, he seems well on his way to earning a Darwin award.
Comment icon #8 Posted by godnodog 5 years ago
At best he]ll feel his head is indeed round as it will become bloated some time later he*ll know his head will become flat
Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
The home made pale green rocket is great, but it's the baseball cap with flipped back bunny ears that really makes the photo.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion 5 years ago
Let's just really hope he doesn't hurt anybody with his stupidity.
Comment icon #11 Posted by RabidMongoose 5 years ago
I`m almost 100% certain that Richard Branson is a Flat Earther. It would explain his fascination with high altitude balloon flights and now Virgin Galactic. He wants to be the first up too so he can have a look if the world is really round lmao.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado 5 years ago
Update: "A 'self-taught rocket scientist' has failed in his bid to launch 5,000 feet into the air after the $325 boiler he bought off Craigslist broke down." Full report at the UK Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7351789/Flat-Earthers-bid-launch-5-000-feet-air-homemade-steam-rocket-fails.html He may try again August 17th.


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