Mike Hughes, a California flat earth believer, aims too low for the stars
WASHINGTON, November 25, 2017 — Mike Hughes has spent $20,000 of his own money to prove the ancient Greek mathematician Eratosthenes, the great navigator Christopher Columbus and a cabal of conspiring NASA astronauts plotted to convince gullible Earthlings that their world is round.
Beyond this point, there be dragons
Hughes plowed his own cash into the building of a rocket designed to fly him to low Earth orbit so as to take a few snapshots to prove what was printed in a 1976 newsletter:
“Mr. [Charles] Johnson, president of the Flat Earth (research) Society International of Lancaster, California, has… proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that the known world is flat, and is not a planet. He claims his Society has found Earth a kind of stretched out plane, that the sun is a small object 32 miles across that moves above the Earth, that does not move, the sun does and is in fact a light to light the day on this earth, the center of the universe… the moon is also about 32 miles across, that it does not reflect the light of the sun, but is in fact a light to light the night.”
Johnson also noted that science fiction writer and futurist Arthur C. Clarke (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) “both wrote, directed and narrated the first moon landing.”
Slipping the surly bonds of flat earth
Getting back to rocket-man Hughes, he announced that this coming Tuesday he will accomplish what until now has been nothing more than a feat of Hollywood special-effects wizardry: sending a man to the edge of space and bringing him back to Earth, safe and sound.
Hughes says his rocket, which will launch from a ramp mounted to the back of a motorhome, will carry him about 1,800 feet above the Golden State at approximately 500 miles per hour.
Steam, not rocket fuel, will propel Hughes’s homemade flying machine through the sky.
This goes to prove Hughes’ statement to Britain’s Manchester Guardian, “I don’t believe in science. I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how to move through the air.”
Well, not really. A rocket would have to travel 17,500 mph to reach an altitude of 120 miles (low Earth orbit – LEO) above our world’s “flat” surface.
When his rocket fails, and Hughes is either injured or killed, his fellow California flat-Earth believers can blame the cabal of conspiring NASA astronauts for tampering with Sir Isaac Newton’s calculations regarding Earth’s escape velocity.