If this actually happens I think the only thing he’ll prove is how much we need the Darwin Awards.
The countdown to launch creeps closer and there’s still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats — just in case anything happens.
Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who’s spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvaged parts in his garage. His project has cost him $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp.
His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date, Saturday, when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California.
He aims to send himself 1,800 feet high in the air at a speed of 500 mph before deploying his parachutes — and he’ll be streaming it online….
Hughes is confident this will mark the first step toward proving the Earth is flat, after all.
“I don’t believe in science,” said Hughes, whose main sponsor for the rocket is Research Flat Earth. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”