Flat earth advocate 'Mad' Mike Hughes dies in homemade rocket crash

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On February 22, the 64-year-old crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow, California. A video posted on Twitter shows the parachute, presumably deployed too early, trailing behind the rocket as it launches.

Freelance journalist Justin Chapman, who witnessed the launch with his wife, said the rocket appeared to rub against the launch apparatus, which might have torn the parachutes attached to it.

The sheriff's office said: "a man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert." Hughes' publicist confirmed his death.

Hughes’ first launch in 2014 reached 1,374 feet. A 2018 attempt saw him hit 1,875 feet—a personal record—but it still wasn’t high enough for Hughes to see the earth’s shape. With the help of partner Waldo Stakes, he was hoping to reach 5,000 feet during Saturday’s launch.

Hughes spent around $18,000 on the rocket, which uses steam ejected through a nozzle for propulsion, and had been relying partly on crowdfunding donations from fellow flat earthers. Speaking after his 2018 launch, he said: “This thing wants to kill you ten different ways. This thing will kill you in a heartbeat.”

In 2002, Hughes set a Guinness World Record for the longest limousine jump when he traveled over 103 feet in a Lincoln Town Car stretched limo.

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Theinsanegamer

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Couldn't he have bought a plane ticket to a very high mountain and just climb it to see the curvature of the earth? While flying there he could look out a window and make the same observation.
But then the NSA/NASA/illuminati could influence your MIND, man, and feed you false FACTS man!

Never underestimate the siberian room temperature IQ of flat earthers. They are ALREADY labeling his death a hoax by the illuminati, or a hoax labeling him anon believer covering up his own death.
 
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dualkelly

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But then the NSA/NASA/illuminati could influence your MIND, man, and feed you false FACTS man!

Never underestimate the siberian room temperature IQ of flat earthers. They are ALREADY labeling his death a hoax by the illuminati, or a hoax labeling him anon believer covering up his own death.
I am pretty sure the next argument is going be that the curvature of your eyeball causes the vast straight lines of the flat earth to curve!!
 
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Squid Surprise

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Pretty sure he didn't really think the Earth was flat.... just used this "belief" to get crowd funding... what he was was a thrill-seeker... unfortunately, he died... but at least he died doing what he loved...
 
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BigRedPDX

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He only went up 1,875 ft... Don't commercial airliners go up 33,000 ft? Why didn't he just get a FLAT trip ticket and take pictures from the window?
 
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Uncle Al

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Steam Powered Rocket ....... kind of says it all, doesn't it? It would have been far better for him to invest his time into one of the more exotic balloons that have reached 80,000 ft. Maybe he couldn't afford the heated suit and air tanks ...... hmmmmmm
 
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