Limousine driver and self-taught rocket maker “Mad” Mike Hughes, who believes that Earth is flat as a frisbee, blasted off his homemade steam-powered rocket from southern California on Saturday to 1,800 feet only to hurt his back when his so-called spacecraft crash landed in the Mojave Desert.
Hughes originally planned to take flight in November 2017, but was forced to delay his mission due to mechanical problems and issues with the Bureau of Land Management which found out that he planned to crash the rocket on public land.
Hughes, who is 61, has spent the past few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. He converted a motor home into a ramp to launch his rocket from a vertical angle.
Landing in Ridicule
Twitter resounded with laughter after the flat earther's mishap.
"Mad" Mike Hughes, the rocket man who believes the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air Saturday before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert. Understands enough science to build and fly a rocket, but thinks the earth is flat? 🤨🤪 https://t.co/tUCcCACaRG— Mandy Wultsch (@MWultsch) 25 марта 2018 г.
"Flat-Earth theorist and self-taught rocket scientist ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes is going to run for governor of California" — Good luck, he's perfect for the job! 😬
— Karoliina (@marytheluckyone) 25 марта 2018 г.
Apparently unconvinced by satellite images proving that our planet is round, Mike Hughes, who is a believer in the Flat Earth theory, to fly into space and see for himself.
“I’ll shut the door on this ball Earth,” he said, adding that NASA is controlled by round-Earth freemasons and that Elon Musk makes fake rockets.
Unfazed by Saturday’s failure, Mike Hughes has vowed to keep soldiering on in his quest to reach space.