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Mike Hughes: Daredevil who wanted to prove Earth is flat dies after crashing homemade rocket


A daredevil pilot who was sure that the Earth was flat has been killed after his
homemade skyrocket crashed just after take-off in California.
Mad” Mike Hughes, who wished to prove the Earth was flat by going into space,
died this Saturday near Barstow, California, after trying to launch his steam-powered
rocket for a latest television series called Homemade Astronauts on the US Science
Channel.



In a press conference, the Science Channel said: “Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey.



A footage of the launch, posted by an eyewitness on Twitter, shows a parachute
dropping behind the rocket straight away after take-off.
The rocket is then depicted rushing down to the surface before crashing into the
desert.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported its officers responded to a
deadly rocket crash on Saturday afternoon, but didn’t name the deceased.


With the help of his partner Waldo Stakes, Hughes hoped to reach 5,000 feet
(1524m) in his steam-powered rocket, according to Space.com.
Space.com also said that the pair was one of three groups who were hoping to
reach the Karman line, which, at 62 miles above the Earth’s surface,
is thought by some to mark the starting point of space.
In a trailer recorded by the Science Channel ahead of the launch, Hughes had said:
"People ask me why I do stuff like this. Basically, it’s just to convince people they can do extraordinary things with their lives.
Hughes, with the help of his assistants, built the steam-powered rocket in his own
backyard, at a cost of almost $18,000 (£14,000).
The rocket uses steam ejected through a cylinder for propulsion.

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