“Mad” Mike Hughes, 61, a retired limo driver from California, is building his own rocket that will take him to space to snap a picture and help convince him the Earth is round. The project has cost him so far $20,000.
Hughes agreed to give an interview before the launch of his rocket slated for November 25. At the time, he was doing last-minute tweaks to his space shuttle and making sure the flight suit was ok and there was enough food for his cats since one never knows.
When asked about the motives for his flight, the self-made rocket scientist’s response was blunt:
I don’t believe in science.
And he doesn’t believe in the theory that the Earth is round either, so he wants to see it for himself.
- He explained that he is an expert in aerodynamics.
- He is also acquainted with how fluids are moving through air and how much thrust a rocket needs for lift-off.
- But he thinks that these are just mathematical formulas, not science.
- The Californian firmly believes that there is “no difference” between Sci-Fi and science.
Hughs to Hurtle Home-Made Rocket 1 Mile into Air
The man planned to travel in his home-made rocket a mile and hit 500 mph over the nearby town of Amber. He admitted that the incoming journey scared him to death but “none of us are getting out of this world alive”.
Hughes boasted himself as the only human that designed and built his own rocket from scratch and he planned to use it too. His friends and former colleagues consider him a little eccentric, especially since he firmly believes that the Earth is flat.
Saturday’s test will launch him one mile into the atmosphere, but he plans to improve his space vehicle to get him into space. From there, he wants to snap a picture of the Earth to see if it’s round.