A few months back, “Mad” Mike Hughes—a 61-year aged limo driver, pledge rocket scientist, and righteous prosaic earther—vowed to tag himself into a homemade spaceship and blast off into a skies to infer a world is made like a pancake. He scheduled a launch for final November, though given that his goal was kind of illegal and equivocal suicidal, it kept removing pushed back.
On Saturday, he finally rocketed himself into a atmosphere above a Mojave Desert in Amboy, California, a Associated Press reports. Miraculously, he’s still alive.
At about 2:30 PM, he clambered into a rocket emblazoned with a difference “FLAT EARTH,” buckled himself in, and pulled on his helmet. After a friend helped him tighten a induce above his head, his ship—rigged to a illicit missile-launching complement that looked a small like a fair ride—prepped for takeoff. Then, with no countdown or warning whatsoever, he shot adult into a heavens, drifting 1,875 feet into a atmosphere during about 350 MPH.
As we can see in a profanity-laden video above, once Hughes reached his limit altitude, his rocket did a small 180 and started careening toward a core of a definitely-round planet. Barreling toward certain death, he deployed a parachute, that left him kindly moving behind to a desert. Still, he was entrance in too hot, and—just before he slammed into a ground—he pulled a second chute.
Hughes was carted off in an ambulance after he overwhelmed down, AP reports. Somehow, he managed to equivocate any critical injuries.
“Am we blissful we did it? Yeah. we guess,” he told AP. “I’ll feel it in a morning. we won’t be means to get out of bed. At slightest we can go home and have cooking and see my cats tonight.”
Hughes didn’t contend what kind of a demeanour he got during a planet, though 2,000 feet off a belligerent isn’t utterly high adequate to get an ISS-style perspective of a Earth. Sadly, Hughes and his associate prosaic earthers are no closer to proof their theory—especially considering, we know, gravity.
“Do we trust a Earth is made like a Frisbee? we trust it is,” he told a LA Times. “Do we know for sure? No. That’s because we wish to go adult in space.”
Along with a renewed appreciation for his pets, Hughes’s tighten call with genocide apparently got him meditative about his future. He told a AP that his subsequent step is to run for administrator of California, saying as he competence have a improved shot creation a bid for public office.
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