Flat Earther Vows to Launch Himself at 500MPH in Homemade Rocket to Prove Earth Isn't Round
The ultimate rebuttal to flat-Earthers of all types has been threatening to send them into space: Once they're in orbit, they'll be able to see for themselves that the Earth is round. The one thing no one counted on, however, was "Mad Mike" Hughes, a 61-year-old stuntman and limo driver who has spent the past few years building his own homemade rocket, which he attempted to launch this past November with the goal of riding it into what he calls the "atmosflat," and taking aerial photographs that prove the Earth is flat. From there, he'd bail out and parachute down to safety.
Unfortunately, the Bureau of Land Management shut him down because his rocket would crash on public property.
Now, Mad Mike is at it again with a new launch date and trajectory: On February 3, he'll be attempting a vertical launch that will take him 1,800 feet into the air and reach 500 miles per hour.
Despite apparently launching DIY rockets of his own in the past, Mad Mike claims that science is a bunch of BS:
"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."