A self-taught rocket scientist in the United States will launch himself up to the sky with a homemade rocket in a bid to prove the Earth is flat, local media reported. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver, plans to fly on Saturday a steam-powered rocket he built from scrap metal in his garage above the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The rocket will travel at a speed of around 500 miles (804 km) per hour and reach 1,800 feet (167 m) high, Hughes claimed, adding that the one-mile-long (1.6-km-long) flight will be streamed online. The ultimate goal for the man is to build a rocket that can take him to the space, where he can get a photograph proving the Earth is flat. The man, dubbed "Mad Mike Hughes", completed his first manned rocket flight in 2014 and traveled a quarter mile (0.4 km) over Winkelman, Arizona. "Flat Earth" theorists like Hughes contend that the Earth is a disk, not a globe, criticizing "conspiracy" of astronauts to fabricate the shape of the Earth. (ASIA PACIFIC DAilY) He added that he intended to give enough food for his four cats "Just in case something goes wrong."
Paul Habert and Hugo Verley