Mike Hughes' Rocket Trip to Prove Earth Is Flat Happens Soon

Mike Hughes stands beside his steam-powered rocket which he built from salvaged parts

This Saturday, a USA limousine driver turned self-taught rocket scientist who styles himself "Mad" Mike Hughes will reportedly launch himself 1,800 feet in the air using his own home-built, steam-powered rocket - all in a bid to prove that the Earth is, in fact, flat.

In 2014, Hughes road a different steam-powered rocket that traveled 1,400 feet into the sky. Leave enough food for his four cats - just in case anything happens.

He said that he hopes to build a space rocket someday that can take him to where he can see planet Earth with his own eyes.

Still, Hughes converted to the flat-Earth belief recently, shortly after his first fundraising campaign for the rocket earned just $310 of its $150,000 goal.

"I don't believe in science", Hughes said, via AP News. For the record: As a limo driver, he has no formal training in space launches. "It's scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive".

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Given that there's no difference between science and science fiction, ExtremeTech readers interested in observing the Hughes launch are invited to beam aboard the USS Enterprise, where I'll take you on a guided tour and demonstrate some cutting-edge Force powers I've been perfecting.

A group of flat earth believers has crowdfunded money for Hughes's experiments. It's a five-acre property he leased from Waldo Stakes, CEO of Land Speed Research Vehicles, who's working on a project to make a auto that could travel 2,000 miles per hour. Hughes also added that he needs to learn more about rocket science to reach more heights in the future. Stakes receives plenty of these sorts of requests, but this one stood out because Hughes was building it himself. Why not? If I survived a launch in a homemade rocket, I'd probably decide to run for office, too. His launch pad was attached to a motor home he bought for $1,500 United States dollars.

The location of the jump will be Amboy, a ghost town in the Mojave Desert and along historic Route 66. Interestingly, the city of Amboy is said to be what the city of Radiator Springs in the movie "Cars" is loosely based on.

"I want to inspire others - and you have to do something incredible to get anybody's attention."
I actually have no idea. He has to heat about 70 gallons of water in a stainless tank prior to launching the rocket this weekend. Hughes plans to hit an altitude of 1,800 feet before pulling his two parachutes. The feat will be televised on his Youtube channel. He will be tinkering with his rocket right up to takeoff.

61-year-old US resident Mike Hughes will fly on their own rocket, which he designed, into space. "It's the most interesting human-interest story in the world".

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