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Flat-Earther Mike Hughes dies in rocket mishap

Posted on Sunday, 23 February, 2020 | Comment icon 35 comments

Hughes built all his own rockets. Image Credit: Twitter / Justin Chapman
The self-taught rocket scientist and daredevil was killed during an attempt to prove that the Earth is flat.
The avid flat-Earth enthusiast, who had twice launched himself into the air aboard rockets of his own design and construction, had been attempting a third, even more ambitious launch on Saturday with the goal of reaching an altitude of 5,000ft before parachuting back down to terra firma.

The launch, which took place outside Barstow in San Bernardino County, California, started off promisingly enough but things took a turn for the worse when a parachute ripped off during flight.

With nothing to break the rocket's fall, Hughes plummeted to the ground and died on impact.

His previous launch in March 2018 had seen two parachutes slow his descent, although he had still impacted the ground with considerable force, resulting in a minor back injury.
Hughes' ultimate goal was to develop his rocket to the point where he would be able to see the curvature of the Earth (or lack thereof) using a rocket/gas-balloon-hybrid.

Each successive flight had essentially been a stepping stone towards this goal.

"Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket," the Science Channel (which had been documenting his progress) wrote on Twitter.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch and Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey."

Source: Live Science | Comments (35)

Tags: Flat Earth, Mike Hughes

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by moonman on 25 February, 2020, 5:48
There's no "work" to complete, unless you call being ignorant "work". Leave the rockets to the pros.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 February, 2020, 10:23
What experiment?† It certainly had nothing to do with determining the Earth's shape.
Comment icon #28 Posted by psyche101 on 25 February, 2020, 11:20
I think this gives a bit of an idea.
Comment icon #29 Posted by RabidMongoose on 25 February, 2020, 13:56
Bizarre as it may seem we cannot directly experience a globe because to do so would require our eyes being very far apart indeed. Likewise we cannot photograph a globe, all we can do is take multiple photographs and using some imaging software construct them into a model of a globe. We are essentially inferring a globe rather than being able to directly experience one. That creates philosophical problems, particularly from the camp that believe things only exist while being observed. As we cannot observe the whole globe existing at once we are making the assumption that the other side we canno... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by An0n1m0us on 25 February, 2020, 14:58
May he rest in peace. I admired his enthusiasm.†
Comment icon #31 Posted by cathya on 25 February, 2020, 17:36
Did he fall over the edge?
Comment icon #32 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 26 February, 2020, 11:25
He only wanted to go about 1500m†high† There are better ways to achieve that.
Comment icon #33 Posted by psyche101 on 27 February, 2020, 3:12
That's what I was thinking too. Everest is much higher than that.†
Comment icon #34 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 27 February, 2020, 18:09
Yeah. It's sad that he lost his life but he was one weird guy.
Comment icon #35 Posted by kapow53 on 1 March, 2020, 0:21
The girl that tattooed† her eyes black is still alive.† Rocket man was suicidal. †

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