‘Mad’ Mike Hughes, a daredevil/limousine driver, spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage.
Hughes believs that the Earth is flat. He is intending to build a rocket that takes him to space, so he can snap a picture and see with his own eyes.
“I don’t believe in science,” said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth. “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.”
He planned to straps himself into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California where he will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph.
Hughes was set to launch his rocket between 2 and 3 p.m.on Saturday. But, it has canceled. At least for now. Mike Hughes said he is putting off his effort to “prove” the Earth is flat after he couldn’t get permission from a federal agency to do so on public land.