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Rocket Fail

Guy Builds Rocket to Prove Earth Is Flat, Crashes It, Dies

February 24th 20__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Off World
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Mad Mike

For years, a daredevil named Mike “Mad Mike” Hughes has been trumpeting his plan to launch himself in a homemade rocket in order to prove that Earth is flat.

This weekend, Hughes finally launched himself in his homemade rocket — and crashed a minute later, dying in the wreck.

Ignoble End

Had he survived Saturday’s launch, the 64-year-old Hughes’ eventual plan had been to float his home-brewed rocket miles-high from the ground, using a balloon, then launching it to a height of 62 miles in order to film evidence that the Earth is actually flat — a common conspiracy theory online.

“I don’t believe in science,” he told the Associated Press in 2017, as he was planning an earlier launch.

Cartoon Logic

It was a grim end for the amateur rocketeer, but in retrospect, one with an eerie foreshadowing by Hughes himself.

“Sometimes, I feel like the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, when he suddenly runs off a cliff,” Hughes told the LA Times back in 2003. “But it’s the price I pay for a life that’s not boring.”

READ MORE: Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes Killed In Crash Of Homemade Rocket [NPR]

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