Mike Hughes, a 61 year-old limousine driver, is determined to prove that the Earth is flat.
Hughes is building a steam-powered rocket that is planned to launch him 1,800 feet in the sky. When he reaches the apex of the launch, he will take a picture of Earth, to prove to the world that our planet is flat.
Hughes was planning to launch on November 25, but the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, told him that he could not launch his rocket on public land, despite his claims that the organization told him a year ago that he could launch it. A spokeswoman from the BLM said that they had no record of him speaking with them and that Hughes had not applied for the needed permit to hold a special recreation event on public land. That same day, Hughes filmed a YouTube video in which his rocket broke down in his driveway. Hughes admits that he does not know very much about rocket science, although he has tried to build a few rockets. His first manned rocket went up about a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Arizona, and ended with him in a walker for 2 weeks. That launch was only a fourth of the distance of the planned launch, and it was based on calculations that used round-earth technology. Intriguingly, Hughes only recently joined the Flat Earth Society, after finding it hard to raise funds for his flight.
He will not have an easy time launching, however, as the Earth is not flat. Numerous credible scientists, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, have pointed out obvious evidence that Earth is spherical. We don’t even need high-tech inventions or advanced knowledge of our planet to know that the earth is not flat. Lunar eclipses would look very different if the earth was flat. There’s also the fact that the sun rises at different times on different parts of the Earth, due to the globe being round.
So we can agree that the rocket will fail, whether it is canceled, malfunctions while mid-air, or ignites on the ground. Whatever happens, it will undoubtedly be entertaining.