The proponent of the flat Earth theory, Mike Hughes , was killed yesterday Saturday after an uncontrolled fall of the rocket that was inside. He wanted to go high to verify his theories first hand.
Mike Hughes was killed inside his improvised rocket, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at age 64 years old, when the parachute used for his smooth landing was detached from the rocket, shortly after its launch.
The rocket crashed in the desert near Barstow, California. The launch was videotaped by the channel Science Channel, for the series Homemade Astronauts, which shows the adventures of amateur rocket builders.
Hughes' goal was to verify his belief in a flat, disc-like Earth by flying to space, with successive launches, which would take him higher and higher in altitude. Its first launch took place in 2014 and reached 418 meters (1.374 ft), but subsequent successive launches did not go much higher. A flight 2018 reached up to 570 meters (1.875 feet).
It is not yet clear why the rocket failed. Hughes had spent about $ 18.000 on this rocket. It was financially based on contributions from followers of the flat Earth.