Flat Earther will launch himself again for 'Homemade Astronauts' TV show


Dan Broadbent

"I don’t believe in science - there’s no difference between science and science fiction."

UPDATE: Mad Mike has passed away due to his parachutes accidentally deploying during launch. You can watch the video here (warning: graphic content).

You may recall a while back when a Flat Earther named "Mad Mike" launched himself in a homemade rocket to prove that the Earth is flat. The flight plan was to reach 5000 feet with his steam rocket, nevermind the fact that even in a plane at 35,000 feet, you can't clearly observe a curve.

If he was actually concerned with demonstrating the Earth isn't flat, there are countless experiments he could do. One of the easier ones is simply taking a picture of the horizon and, using a photo editing program, compress the width, as Tony Miller explained on Quora.

First, take an image of the horizon:

Tony Miller/Quora

Then, compress the width in a photo editing program:

Tony Miller/Quora

I see a curve!

But Mad Mike's rocket didn't even make it 2000 feet up, and upon landing, he broke his lower back. Now, after making a full recovery, he's poised to attempt another launch tomorrow.

As my friend Chelsea Gohd writes on Space.com:

Saturday, "Mad" Mike Hughes, with the help of his partner Waldo Stakes, will try (after a couple of close-call attempts) to reach 5,000 feet in the air while riding his steam-powered rocket.

Hughes and Stakes make up one of three teams that are working to get as close to space (or the Karman line, the invisible "line" 62 miles above Earth's surface that is often thought of as the beginning of space) as possible on "Homemade Astronauts."

The Karman line isn't really a line at all, it's an imaginary point above Earth that is generally accepted as being in "space". After all, Earth's geocorona extends well beyond the moon. For comparison, the International Space Station orbits around 240 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

The other teams on the shows includes the first civilian who has launched a rocket into space, and a man who is making his own homemade space suit.

The show "Homemade Astronauts" is still in production, and will air on the Science Channel at some point later this year.


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