People across the globe have convinced themselves that the Earth is flat and we are being deceived by astronauts, satellites, and telescopes.
If 61-year-old limo driver “Mad” Mike Hughes does not die during his 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert that will only take him 1800 feet (about 1/3 mile) in the air, he said his journey into the “atmosflat” will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program, reported The Washington Post.
Obviously at such a low altitude he will not see much. Airplanes fly at around 39,000 feet (7.5 miles), so he would have been better off to just buy a ticket and bring a camera.
Earlier this month, the first ever “flat earth conference” was held in the US and drew hundreds of people from all across the country. There have been a number of crowdfunding efforts for independent explorations to the reaches of space or “the edge of the earth,” with rapper B.o.B hoping to raise $1 million to send a satellite into space to settle the debate once and for all. There have even been talks of a reality TV show in which flat earthers attempt to journey to the edge of the earth, which they believe to be a giant wall of ice.
“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. If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot. It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built, and launched himself in his own rocket,” Hughes said.
This will be the second time that he has blasted off in one of these rockets, with his previous attempt reaching 1,374 feet. This newest rocket has cost $20,000 and was paid for with a mixture of crowdfunding and sponsorships, although it was widely reported that the rocket is made from scrap materials.
“Nothing is out of reach. Anything can be done. You just have to put enough money, time, and thought into it. This is the king of the deceptions. This is it. And once this domino falls and more people come to this side, then everything else — the domino structure falls,” Hughes said.
On his Facebook page, Hughes said:
“Just started a U Tube channel / will begin uploading videos this week
November 25 is jump date
We may make this a free event on my channel – mad Mike Hughes
Printing a new simple design t shirt that will be sold for 15 dollars including shipping and a promo poster limited edition”