The science is fairly properly settled with regards to the form of Earth — it’s roughly spherical like all different planets. A small however devoted group of individuals generally known as “flat earthers” dispute this seemingly apparent truth of life, and one in all them has a steam-powered rocket to show it. Sixty-one-year-old limo driver and stuntman “Mad Mike” Hughes was blocked from launching this contraption a number of months in the past, however he’s now making ready for a barely modified launch in an effort to prove once and for all the Earth is flat. His opinion on whether or not it rests on a turtle’s again is unclear.
Flat-earthers like Mad Mike consider the whole lot of the scientific group is mendacity in regards to the form of the planet for some purpose or one other. Mad Mike himself has advised reporters that he believes there isn’t any distinction between science and science fiction. Properly, he apparently thinks Sir Isaac Newton was onto one thing with the legal guidelines of movement, as a result of that’s the tenet behind his steam-powered rocket.
Mad Mike has carried out a number of unmanned check flights of his rocket, however he’s flown in some smaller ones. The present steam rocket, which incorporates “Analysis Flat Earth” emblazoned on the facet, ought to attain a most altitude of 1,800 ft after the 500-mile-per-hour ascent. Based on Hughes, this may enable him to show the Earth is flat. After reaching the required altitude to smash the scientific conspiracy, the rocket will deploy what can solely be referred to as probably the most flimsy parachute on the planet for its journey again to Earth.
The final launch try in November 2017 was canceled when the Bureau of Land Administration stated Mad Mike couldn’t fly his rocket over public land, however he thinks he’s labored out an answer. On February third, Hughes will launch from personal property straight up, which ought to forestall him from crossing into public airspace.
Whereas 1,800 ft seems like substantial altitude, that’s considerably lower than a mile. There are locations on Earth that place you a lot increased above sea degree, and industrial airliners fly round 30,000 ft. It’s unclear what Mad Mike has deliberate right here, as it’s essential to attain round 35,000 ft to understand the curvature of the Earth. Perhaps he’s going to hit 1,800 ft, say it’s flat, and declare victory over science?
No matter occurs with this DIY steam-powered rocket, Hughes says there can be no spectators allowed. All video footage can be captured and launched by Hughes and his staff.