Flat-Earther Who Built $20K Rocket Finally Launched Himself — Here’s How it Went

By Amanda Froelich, The Mind Unleashed

For months, “Mad” Mike Hughes promised to blast into the air in a homemade rocket and parachute back down to the ground. The reason why? To raise awareness about the highly-scrutinized Flat Earth conspiracy. Well, the 61-year-old recently made good on his promise — and even survived to tell the tale.

As The Mind Unleashed reported in 2017, Hughes fiercely believes that the Earth is flat. Because he doesn’t trust government organizations, including NASA, he decided to build his own $20,000 rocket and see for himself if the planet we inhabit is a sphere or a giant, flat plane. He told the AP in November:

“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.”

Days ago, the launch finally took place. On Saturday afternoon, the 61-year-old propelled himself about 1,875 feet (570 meters) into the air above the Mojave Desert in California. On the side of his rocket, Hughes stuck a giant sticker which read, “Research Flat Earther.” A US flag stuck out of the side. As Hughes and the rocket reached peak altitude, his parachute successfully sprung open. Both he and the rocket drifted down to the ground.

Read the rest of this article here: https://themindunleashed.com/2018/04/flat-earther-who-built-20k-rocket-finally-launched-himself-heres-how-it-went.html

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