Flat Earther Determined to Prove Science is Wrong – in Home made Rocket

November 21, 2017

We are in a new heroic age of science denial.

Look no further for the next NASA appointment by the Trump Administration.

This is what 20 years of Fox News, talk radio, and science denial has given us.
I’m fine with this guy doing what he wants.  Flat earthers are generally only harming themselves.

But with climate denial, problem is, we’re all strapped in right next to the idiots. This guy is holding up a mirror for them.


61-year-old DIY enthusiast and stuntman “Mad” Mike Hughes is planning his first manned launch of a homemade, $20,000 steam-powered rocket with “RESEARCH FLAT EARTH” written on the side on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Hughes says he expects his new rocket to hurl him through the skies above the Mojave Desert ghost town of Amboy at up to 500 miles per hour for roughly one mile, attaining a peak altitude of 1,800 feet before it deploys two parachutes.

Hughes is a proponent of the Flat Earth theory; the Research Flat Earth group is his main sponsor. Hughes does not “believe in science,” which he told the AP has “no difference” from science fiction.

“I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust,” he added. “But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”


“If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” Hughes, who once reassured Ars Technica that he has a high I.Q., told the AP. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive.”

Adding to the already somewhat troubling nature of the launch, the event will simultaneously serve as the launch of Hughes’ California gubernatorial campaign (because sure, whatever). Though the AP said the event would be live-streamed on Hughes’ YouTube channel, his website says it will be “Available on Internet PPV.

As Ars Technica noted, Hughes has done a lot of this kind of thing, winning a Guinness World Record in 2002 for jumping “102 feet in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limo.” He also survived a manned steam rocket flight in 2014, traveling 1,374 feet and earning himself three days of recovery from extreme g-forces and a rough descent, the AP wrote.

Washington Post:

Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.

Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.

“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.

Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.




17 Responses to “Flat Earther Determined to Prove Science is Wrong – in Home made Rocket”

  1. livinginabox Says:

    I hope that he discovers gravity, and a hard hard landing and a well-deserved Darwin award.
    We don’t need nincompoops like this.

    • Lionel Smith Says:

      Hah! You took the meme out of my mind, I had Darwin Award in mind before I hit title to expand.

      And there is a Dawkin’s Wendy Wright award waiting for Hartnett-White. I knew education in the US was patchy having gained a BEd Hons over here in UK and mixing with US students during a course on comparative education.

      Hartnett-White is an advert as to why good science education is vital for all as was Feynman’s dream.

      • Jerry Falwel Says:

        Well for someone who comes from a third rate country which builds multistory firetraps which just recently killed a bunch of people maybe your education system leaves something to be desired. This guy is doing something you stuffy people never could do , think of something different and going for it. The USA was the first to fly, the first to go to the moon and will be the first to go someplace on a steam powered rocket. Meanwhile all you types could think of was what hat was the Queen wearing last week.

  2. Gave me a good chuckle. I needed it.

    • Jerry Falwel Says:

      You are correct, I cannot understand all the wackos who seem to think this fake news is real and the guy is serious. He needs sponsors and how better to get sponsors than by getting his trip in the news.

  3. grindupbaker Says:

    It’s just a publicity stunt. Ordinary stuff. If he can’t get a couple of brand names painted on the side then the enterprise didn’t work.

    • Thumbs up from me on your comment. But undermining Peter’s post about this actually having anything to do with ‘flat earth science’ is a cardinal sin here, isn’t it. A black mark in Peter’s book on you, perhaps? Meanwhile, back in the ’80s or so, everybody with a smart brain in their head knew the Flat Earth Society was a place to get gag items like t-shirts and bumper stickers, just like the Procrastinator’s Club of America. Dry intellectual humor, sails over the heads of folks who don’t get anything above the level of slapstick. Why folks on your side continue to embarrass yourselves by bringing up the Flat Earth Society in some kind of notion about it being a viable line of thought is utterly beyond me.

  4. Lizard Breath Says:

    “Attaining a peak altitude of 1,800 ft” 1,800 feet!?! Why not just rent a Cessna? Or visit one of a 1/2 dozen or so buildings that are taller than that? Or send up a weather balloon with a camera? Please, someone explain to me what the point of his stunt is? (Other than publicity, scamming money, etc.)

  5. ubrew12 Says:

    As the aussies would say: good on ya’ mate.
    I don’t think he’ll prove what he wants to prove. But, as is usual in cases where somebody actually steps up to the plate and offers more than empty critical words, he’ll prove something. I think he’ll prove something fantastic. Mike Hughes is The Man!!

    But just some helpful advice to this rocket scientist: he can use the GPS system to help control his rocket. There’s always a few of those guys in the sky as they come around the edge of Earths ‘disc’…

  6. Here’s hoping that Wile E. Coyote sells him a pre-owned Acme parachute.

  7. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    If he took off from the edge of the world maybe he could see one of the elephants holding up the disc.

  8. […] This week a flat earth believer will, he thinks, take off in a self designed rocket to “shut the door on this ball earth” nonsense. […]

  9. […] This week a flat earth believer will, he thinks, take off in a self designed rocket to “shut the door on this ball earth” nonsense. […]

  10. Jerry Falwel Says:

    The earth is flat, the consensus of scientists and everybody with an education is the earth is flat. While some crasy Greek guy disputes that, he is a tiny minority and is not PC in any of his thoughts.

    3000 BC, University of Egypt.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      More than 2,000 years ago Eratosthenes compared the position of the Sun’s rays in two locations to calculate the spherical size of the Earth with reasonable accuracy.


      Eratosthenes = scientist

      flat earthen = science deniers. i.e. “show me the evidence, not some crazy mathematical model”

      • Jerry Falwel Says:

        Only idiots would take the news seriously. This guy is getting attention and hopefully money from making a bunch of claims. If you cannot understand satire than you really need to see a medical guy to figure out your mental problems. Incidentally plenty of people knew the earth was round. Simply looking out to the sea as a ship sailed off would tell you that. The doubters in court on Christoper Columbus trip doubted he could get there as they knew the trip would be longer than any other trip across the ocean every made. Fortunately for Columbus , the new world turned up and his did not drown.

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