Flat-earth man launches rocket, lands with a thud

“Mad” Mike Hughes is carried on a stretcher after his home-made rocket launched and returned to the ground near Amboy, Calif., on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The self-taught rocket scientist who believes the Earth is flat propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air before a hard-landing in the Mojave Desert that left him injured. Matt Hartman via AP

Who could possibly have guessed that Mike Hughes’ attempt to prove the earth is flat by launching himself in a steam-powered rocket would end this way?

“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket,” he said. I’m tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.”

And proved what?

“This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways,” said Hughes, who had an altimeter in his cockpit to measure his altitude. “This thing will kill you in a heartbeat.”

We already knew that, of course, but what about that flat earth thing?

That’s going to have to wait. He has plans for a balloon to take him 68 miles up to have a better look at things.

But first he wants to run for governor.

“Mad” Mike Hughes’ home-made rocket launches near Amboy, Calif., on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The self-taught rocket scientist who believes the Earth is flat propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air before a hard-landing in the Mojave Desert that left him injured. Matt Hartman via AP