A 61-year-old limo driver is preparing to launch himself in a homemade steam-powered rocket, traveling at 500-mph and over 1,800 feet (550 meters) above California’s Mojave Desert, in an attempt to prove that NASA has been lying to us about the shape of the earth, which he claims is completely flat.
Flat-Earth enthusiast “Mad” Mike Hughes will conduct his rocket launch on Saturday (Nov.25), reports the Associated Press.
Hughes says his rocket is built from scrap metals and his launchpad is repurposed from a used mobile home.
Assuming the mile-long flight doesn’t kill him, Hughes told the AP that his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.
“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes said, according to the AP. “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.”
“It’s the most interesting story in the world,” he said of his quest to prove NASA wrong. His entire experiment will cost the Californian just $20,000.
Hughes, told a flat-earth community Web show that his 2014 flight, which the AP said took him a quarter-mile across Arizona desert, ended with the failure of one of his two parachutes, both of which he said were at least 20 years old. The 2014 flight left him using a walker for several weeks after his failed landing.
“Yeah, it was a scary moment,” he said in the interview. “I had never parachuted before.”
The Washington Post reports he has been “has been building rockets for years.”
Hughes claims that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk “is a giant fraud” and that the “Freemason” NASA astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong have been involved in “the roots of the deception” that the Earth is round.
Still, Hughes converted to the flat Earth belief recently, shortly after his first fundraising campaign for the rocket earned just $310 of its $150,000 goal. His second campaign, this time posted after his conversion and with the support of the flat-Earth community, succeeded in hitting its $7,875 goal.
“I’ve been a believer for maybe almost a year. I researched it for several months in between doing everything else — you know, I’ve still got to make a living and all that kind of stuff, and building this rocket actually eats up a lot of my time,” he told the flat-Earth Web show. “But when I’m not doing that, I research things.”
Hughes intends to stream Saturday’s launch online. He eventually plans on getting himself into space so he can to take a photograph “to prove once and for all this Earth is flat.”
“This is the king of the deceptions,” Hughes said. “Once this domino falls, this is it.”