It sounds like a story out of a fan fiction story but this is part of reality. Mike Hughes, nicknamed “Mad”, is a Californian limousine driver who believes that the Earth is flat. He calls himself a scientist but he has learned this knowledge by teaching himself, not by following the courses of an institution. He has spent almost $20,000 trying to achieve his dream of propelling himself in the air with a homemade rocket. It looks he has succeeded but his story is more complicated.
What did Mad Mike do?
His main reason for propelling himself to almost 2,000ft in the air was to demonstrate that the Earth is flat. He did this with the help of a steam-powered homemade rocket. This event took place on Saturday afternoon in the Mohave Desert.
The rocket was launched at around 3pm and at first it traveled with a speed of up to 350mph. Later on the speed started to decrease drastically and Mr. Hughes, panicked by how fast he was coming down, deployed a second parachute. When he landed he was dazed and paramedics had to check him over He did not sustain any life-threatening injuries luckily but he will sure feel his body ache the next day.
The height that Mr. Hughes reached was not high enough for him to estimate whether the Earth truly is flat. He is part of a community that helped him fund this extravagant project. His next main goal is to build an air-balloon that will get him 62 miles up in the air. Only then will he be able to be sure of his theory. We cannot say whether the 61-year old man will be able to finish this second project but what we know for sure is that his story truly impressed the other member of his community that firmly believes the Earth is flat.