There are a lot of people out there who are still convinced that the Earth is flat and not a sphere that we are led to believe. One such man in California is set to prove his claim by launching himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built at home. He says that his 500-mph mile long flight through the Mojave desert will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
Mike Hughes ultimately aims to launch himself miles above Earth so he can come up with photographic evidence to end the debate. “It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight.
Even though Hughes has much to learn about rocket science he promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy of a round Earth in his steam-powered rocket. “This whole tech thing,” he said in the June interview. “I’m really behind the eight ball.”
Hughes does have some experience with building rockets. He built his first manned rocket in 2014 which was based on round Earth technology. He even managed to fly a quarter-mile over Winkelman, Ariz. However, the injuries he suffered put him in a walker for 2 weeks. This flight is supposed to be 4 times that distance.
Hughes recently converted to flat-Earthism and struggled for months to raise funds for his flight. It was originally a Kickstarter campaign but he only managed to raise $310 of his $150,000 goal. “We want to do this and basically thumb our noses at all these billionaires trying to do this,” Hughes said in the pitch video, standing in his Apple Valley, Calif., living room, which he had plastered with drawings of his rockets. “They have not put a man in space yet. There are 20 different space agencies here in America, and I’m the last person that’s put a man in a rocket and launched it.”
After he failed from that campaign, he called into the flat_earth community saying he became a convert recently. “We were kind of looking for new sponsors for this. And I’m a believer in the flat Earth,” Hughes said. “I researched it for several months.”
The host was impressed that Hughes had flown in a rocket before and called astronauts paid actors performing in front of a CGI globe. “John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are Freemasons,” Hughes agreed. “Once you understand that, you understand the roots of the deception.” After half an hour of conversation, the host told the listeners to back Hughes with his efforts. “We need an individual who’s not compromised by the government,” the host told Hughes. “And you could be that man.”
Those are the details we have and we will know more after his launch on Saturday.
You can see the video here: