A self-taught scientist’s plans to ‘prove’ the Earth is flat ripped to shreds when his rocket didn’t take off.
61-year-old limo driver and science denier ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes from California built a ‘steam-powered’ rocket in his garage using scrap metal.
Having spent the past few years building the $20,000 rocket, Mike had hoped to fly it high into the sky to prove that the Earth is a flat disc surrounded by ice, not a sphere.
I hope the flat earth rocket man succeeds. I hope he breaches the barrier of this false earth and frees us all, instead of crashing and dying, which is what he will actually do.
— Alex Navarro (@alex_navarro) November 22, 2017
Due to launch on Saturday, sadly for Mike there were a few hiccups along the way which left his plans in tatters.
Firstly, poor Mike didn’t actually get the permission necessary to launch his project into the atmosphere.
Despite getting the thumbs up from the owner of Amboy, the town in the Mojave desert where Mike hoped to launch his rocket from, federal authorities refused permission for the launch.
Secondly the caravan Mike was going to use as a launch pad, which he naturally brought off Craigslist, broke down as he set off to complete his mission.
In a YouTube video he spoke about the difficulties saying:
A year previously when I asked for the permission, they had left it up to the federal authorities and they said they had jurisdiction and they couldn’t honestly approve it.
They said: ‘well we know that you are going to do it there okay’.
But then we were contacted by the Bureau of Land Management and they informed me that they are not going to allow me to do the event there, at least at that location.
When we were actually ready to leave and go to Amboy. The motorhome-slash-rocket launcher broke down in the driveway. I just fixed it about two hours ago.
The reason we are here is because the gentleman that owns the town of Amboy actually owns another property three miles away that is actually long and wide enough for the jump.
That’s where we are going to go. The last week has been very disappointing and enlightening.
At least there is still hope for Mike’s project and flat earth conspiracy theorists everywhere yet.
Although Mike admits that it was only recently that he started believing the flat Earth theory, he has been quick to put plans in place to try and prove it.
The ‘scientist’ has previously taken to the skies over Arizona back in 2014 in a mission that saw him sustain injuries which left him incapacitated for weeks, reports The Independent.
Yet this hasn’t troubled Mike too much, he told Associated Press:
If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot. It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive.
I like to do extraordinary things no one else can do and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket.
I’m a walking reality show. I don’t believe in science.
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.
There’s no difference between science and science fiction.
Time will tell if Mike really is ‘mad’.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.