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Aztecdoug
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posted 11-21-2017 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody catch wind of Mad Mike Hughes?
Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.

Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.

I wouldn't wait until Sunday to try and get an autograph from him. While Saturday is just a test flight, I don't know... You gotta admire his spunk though. Building a launch pad out of a used motorhome he bought on Craigslist too! His four cats will probably miss him.

star51L
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posted 11-21-2017 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was reading about this last night, kind of brings back some memories of Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon stunt.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-21-2017 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently "Mad Mike" is not a Knievel fan:
"He was an average stunt guy."
Of course, our own resident stuntman, Eddie Braun (cS: Crsh4Csh), successfully rode a rocket-powered craft over Snake River Canyon in 2016.

Aztecdoug
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posted 11-21-2017 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This guy is great... he either stays in character quite well or is a certified nut. His first flight is just in the atmosflat not atmosphere, but atmosflat!

Then, let's see, he is going to reach 500mph and go for one mile... I don't know how to calculate G-force, but that is going to be quite a ride.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-25-2017 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hughes' launch, planned for today, has been delayed "after he couldn't get permission from a federal agency to conduct it on public land," reports the Washington Post.
Hughes claimed the Bureau of Land Management said he couldn't launch his rocket as planned Saturday in Amboy. He claimed the federal agency had given him verbal permission more than a year ago, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

A BLM spokeswoman said its local field office had no record of speaking with Hughes and that he had not applied for the necessary special recreation permit to hold an event on public land...

The BLM's denial, along with some technical difficulties — a motor in his modified motor home quit working for a day — threw a wrench into his plans, according to Hughes.

"I don't see [the launch] happening until about Tuesday, honestly," he said. "It takes three days to set up... You know, it's not easy because it's not supposed to be easy."

p51
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posted 11-25-2017 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You just know what people of this type, if something happens to him, people will just say that someone who is part of the conspiracy to silence flat earthers killed him in the rocket just to shut him up.

Even if he succeeds, it won't matter what he sees or experiences, he'll just declare it 'proves' the world is flat. And the flat earthers will believe it.

I swear, people are truly becoming more stupid every day, questioning something that was pretty much proven in Ancient Greece...

star51L
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posted 11-27-2017 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe I'm missing something here; can you even see a curvature of the Earth at only 1800 ft up? If not, what's the point? He'll probably say all he saw was flatness and then...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-27-2017 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This flight is just sponsored by "Research Flat Earth." He says he is planning a follow-on flight "miles above Earth," which is when he will report whether the Earth is flat, or not.

OV-105
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posted 11-27-2017 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Surprised the FAA hasn’t put a stop to this one.

oly
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posted 11-28-2017 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is good, finally someone doing research into flat earth after so many years. Mad Mike Hughes is boldly trying to go where no flat earth-er could possibly go. His attempt to shatter the ceiling of known flat earth boundaries and ride a rocket to the literal edge of space and earth. I doubt he will see the curvature of earth because a flat surface has no curvature but he may discover where all them darn fangled rocket ships go. Good luck.

denali414
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They say you need to be 35,000+ feet in air to see the curvature of Earth on a clear day, so not sure what 1,800 feet is going to do. Be much easier and cheaper just to grab a transatlantic flight on a 757 and take a few pictures from the window seat... Just saying.

Robert Pearlman
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Hughes is now targeting Monday (Dec. 4) for his launch, though there may be more delays. In the meantime, the Associated Press has reached out to astronaut Jerry Linenger for comment:
"When I am in space, it is a sphere. It is a curve. The Earth is not flat," said retired NASA astronaut and doctor Jerry Linenger, who orbited the globe more than 2000 times during four months in 1997. "I circled it every 90 minutes and it is a real thing."

As for the amateur rocket launch?

"Good luck, I hope he doesn't blow something up," Linenger said. "Rocketry, as our private space companies found out, isn't as easy as it looks."

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