NPR

Flat-Earther Delays Launch In His Homemade Rocket, Saying 'It's Not Easy'

Mike Hughes had planned to launch himself Saturday over the Mojave Desert in a quest to prove the world is flat. But he didn't count on a federal agency's rejection — or a significant tech breakdown.
The blue sky over the Mojave Desert, untouched by the path of Mike Hughes' rocket. He had planned to launch himself in his own rocket Saturday in Amboy, Calif., but the Bureau of Land Management put up a significant hurdle to that effort. Source: Susanna James

It appears we will need to wait a while longer to find out whether more than two millennia of thinkers and explorers — from Aristotle and Ferdinand Magellan, to Neil deGrasse Tyson and John Glenn — have been wrong about the shape of the Earth.

"Mad" Mike Hughes, limousine driver and self-proclaimed flat-Earther, announced that he had to delay1,800 feet high in a rocket of his own making. The launch, which he has billed as a crucial first step toward ultimately photographing our disc-world from space, had been scheduled for Saturday — before the Bureau of Land Management got wind of the plan and barred him from using public land in Amboy, Calif.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readPsychology
What's Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health
Researchers found that people who did not have a strong life purpose were more likely to die than those who did, and specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.
NPR3 min read
Rolling To A Halt: Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally Ends 30-Year Tradition
Motorcyclists with the veteran advocacy group, Rolling Thunder Inc., will gather in Washington, D.C., for the last time this weekend. The group cites financial issues as its main reason for quitting.
NPR3 min readSociety
Sharp Satire And Dark Humor In 'Riots I Have Known'
Ryan Chapman's debut novel opens in the middle of a prison riot as the unnamed narrator cowers in fear for his life — which doesn't seem like a setup for comedy, but it's packed with dark laughs.