Flat Earth believer survives rocket crash in desert

James Marshall
March 27, 2018

The 61-year-old limo driver and self-taught rocket enthusiast delayed his flight several times due to technical difficulties and issues getting permission from the government to perform the launch on state or federal lands.

Saturday March 24, he soared about 18-hundred feet above the Mojave Desert, going 350 miles per hour.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mike Hughes converted a mobile home into a ramp and modified it to launch from a vertical angle so he wouldn't fall back to the ground on public land.

Huges says he's a bit dinged up, but overall he is doing just fine.

Hughes reached a speed that an assistant, Waldo Stakes, estimated to be around 560 kph before deploying a parachute.

Until the Research Flat Earth Organization and their stubborn flock of believers stepped up to back him up in 2017, the part-time limousine driver/part-time inventor spent years attempting to fund his project of building a steam-powered rocket powerful enough to get him to space.

After he landed safely, Hughes told the Associated Press he was "relieved", although he expected to feel the physical toll the next day.

"Am I glad I did it?" I won't be able to get out of bed. "I believe I have a compressed fracture in one of my lower vertebrae", he said. "I believe it is", Hughes said. "Do I know for sure? No. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight". Next, he wants to build a rocket carried into the upper atmosphere by a balloon and then launched - something he calls a "rockoon".

"My story really is incredible", Hughes told the AP. "I want to do it". I'm an older guy.

Mad Mike is on a long term mission to prove the Earth is flat.

Besides investigating whether the Earth is flat by launching himself into space, Hughes wants to run for governor of California.

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