A self-taught scientist who believes that the Earth is flat has propelled himself about 570 meters into the air aboard a homemade rocket before getting hurt slightly by landing hard in the Mojave desert in the United States.
“I’m relieved,” he said after being examined by paramedics.
“Mad” Mike Hughes told the Associated Press that he had a back injury, but was doing pretty well after the launch (which took place on Saturday near Amboy, California).
I am tired of hearing people say that I am deflated and that I have not even built a rocket. I’m fed up! Now I have succeeded: I did it.
“Mad” Mike Hughes
In his rocket, the man reached a speed that his assistant, Waldo Stakes, estimated to be 560 km per hour before taking out his first parachute. He had to deploy a second parachute before landing.
The takeoff, which took place in this desert city, about 200 miles east of Los Angeles, was originally scheduled for November 2017.
At the time, the man had encountered mechanical trouble, and the Bureau of Land Management – which is responsible for the management of public lands in the United States – refused to allow him to take off.
The 61-year-old limousine driver converted a trailer into a launch pad on which he installed the rocket.
For months, he locked himself in his garage to build his own rocket.
Before the launch, Mike Hughes often had lively social media discussions with people who doubted his ability to carry out his project.
Contrary to what many people believed, he said, before the launch, that this mission was not intended to prove that the Earth was flat.
“Do I think the Earth is flat like a Frisbee? Yes, I believe so, he said. Am I sure? No: that’s why I want to go into space.”
” Mad “Mike Hughes now wants to build another rocket, which he called” Rockoon “and that he would carry into the atmosphere using a balloon filled with gas, then leap into space . According to him, the machine would allow him to