Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, Mike Hughes, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high above the Mojave Desert in Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 25, in a homemade rocket built from scrap metal. Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes’s ultimate goal is to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.
Hughes promised the flat-Earth community – which hold their first international conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 9-10, 2017 – he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.
Hughes isn’t a totally unproven engineer. He set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for a limousine jump and has been building rockets for years, albeit with mixed results. He built his first manned rocket in 2014, and managed to fly a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Ariz. The flight ended with Hughes being dragged, moaning from the remains of the rocket with injuries that put him in a walker for two weeks. And the 2014 flight was only a quarter of the distance of Saturday’s mile-long attempt:
While there is no one hypothesis for what the flat Earth is supposed to look like, many believers envision a flat disc ringed by sea ice, which naturally holds the oceans in. What’s beyond the sea ice, if anything, remains to be discovered.
But Mike Hughes won’t be able to test the rocket before he climbs inside and attempts to steam himself at 500 mph across a mile of desert air.
It’s scary as hell… But none of us are getting out of this world alive. This is true. And yet some hope to live to see its edges.