Self-taught rocket-maker shoots himself 1,875 feet to prove that the Earth is flat

“Mad” Mike Hughes’ homemade rocket launches in the near Amboy, Calif., on Saturday 24 March 2018. The self-taught rocket scientist who believes that the Earth is flat is powered are about 1,875 feet in the air for a hard landing in the Mojave Desert, which left him injured.


A self-taught rocket scientist who believes that the Earth is flat and wants to run for governor of California shot himself about 1,875 feet in the air in his homemade rocket on Saturday.

“Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old driver, promised last year to propel himself up into the air and create a photo which shows that the astronauts made a commitment to manufacture in the form of the planet. The stunt was intended as the first phase of the flat-Earth program and got the support of the flat-Earth groups.

“Relieved,” the daredevil said after a landing that left him with minor injuries. “I’m tired of people who say I chickened out and not building a rocket. I’m tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.”

The rocket launch in the near Amboy, California, about 200 miles east of Los Angeles – for the first time was planned last year, but it was delayed several times amid mechanical problems and logistical issues with the Bureau of Land Management.

March 6, 2018: “Mad” Mike Hughes reacts after the decision to another scrub launch attempt of the rocket in the near Amboy, California.


Despite some minor technical problems on Saturday, Hughes went through and shot himself into the air, reaching around 350 km / h before opening his parachute. He had for the deployment of a second parachute because he was dropping too fast.

Footage shot shortly after the landing appears to give Hughes disoriented, but conscious. Paramedics briefly got him out of the cockpit and examined him.

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“I am pleased that I have done? Yes. I think. I feel it in the morning. I will not be able to get out of bed. In any case, I can go home, eat, and see my cats tonight,” Hughes said after the stunt.

The daredevil, who said he wants to run for the governorship of California, claims he built the steam-powered rocket out of scrap metal parts in his garage. The cost of the project is around $20,000.

“Mad” Mike Hughes is carried on a stretcher after his homemade rocket is launched and returned to the ground in the near Amboy, Calif., on Saturday 24 March 2018.


A lot of mocks Hughes for his plans.

He told a flat-Earth-group from last year is that the project “closing the doors on this ball of Earth,” but has since backtracked on the claims that his mission will prove that the Earth is flat.

“I have to believe that the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe that it is,” he said on social media. “I know for sure? No. That is the reason why I want to go in space.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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