Despite all the evidence in the world demonstrating otherwise, some people refuse to abandon their stubborn beliefs that Earth is actually flat — and this guy actually takes the cake.
Mike Hughes is so convinced that people are wrong about the planet’s round shape that he decided to prove his point in a seriously dangerous experiment. The 61 -year-old limo driver had initially planned to launch himself into space in a homemade scrap-metal rocket on November 25 in Amboy, California. Regrettably for him, the Bureau of Land Management( BLM) and the Federal Aviation Administration( FAA) put a stop to that pretty quickly.
Hughes has spent $20,000 building his own steam-powered rocket with spare parts he had in his garage, even buying a motor home on Craigslist to use as a ramp.
He’s been scheming the launch for the past year, claiming to have already procured the BLM’s approval — which, apparently, was news to the federal agency.
In fact, the agency says they had no idea about Hughes’ plan until they came here across news articles detailing the launch, which was set to be a 500 -mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert. They told him he did not have their permission to do so on public land and, unsurprisingly, the FAA didn’t approve, either.
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