On March 26, 2018, “Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver and “self-taught” rocket scientist strapped himself into a homemade rocket and blasted off. Moments later he reached an altitude of nearly 2,000 feet before making a hard landing in the Mojave Desert. Hughes suffered some back pain and was taken to the hospital but was otherwise believed to be fine.
The Californian Daredevil Nicknamed “Mad” Mike
But what would lead a man to build a homemade rocket and attempt to fly it into space? Hughes is a “flat-earther,” a self-proclaimed term given to a growing number of people who believe the earth is flat, despite millions of scientific claims that state otherwise.
Let’s take a look at the story of Mike Hughes and the crazy flat earth theories that led him to take a dangerous journey towards space.