In recent years, a small but dedicated group of internet conspiracy theorists have surmised that the world is actually flat and that we are being lied to for the sake of resource management but one man has now gone to extreme lengths to prove that astronauts, scientists and the like are lying to us by building his own rocket so that he may photograph the disc-shaped Earth.
This weekend, Mike Hughes intends to test out his homemade rocket in the Mojave desert where he will launch himself 1,800 feet high in the air at 500mph.
Assuming that act does not kill him, Mike then intends to launch himself miles above the Earth and photograph the disc shape to prove that we are all living on a flat plane.
“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight, which ranged across theories that NASA is controlled by round-Earth Freemasons, and Elon Musk makes fake rockets from blimps.
The steam-powered rocket that Hughes will be piloting has never been flown before but as a limousine driver, he knows a thing or two about driving large, cumbersome vehicles. The rocket cost him roughly $20,000 (£15,100) to build and the project is sponsored by the group Research Flat Earth.
For those interested in the launch, Mike will be showing it to Pay-Per-View customers via his website madmikehughes.com.