Mike “the Rocket Man” Hughes (no relation to Rocket Man Kim Jung Un) made dubious history on Saturday, March 24, launching himself nearly 4⁄10 of a mile vertically, toward outer space, in search of evidence to support his flat earth theory.1
The problem is, Mike flew the wrong way.
Hughes took off vertically. Even had he seen the curvature of the planet, he would have been subjected to the endless conspiracy theories flat earthers apply to NASA footage showing said curvature, where lens distortion or other photo trickery is blamed.
No, a better approach would have been to simply board an airplane and fly horizontally until the edge was reached. A bevy of photos of the alleged disk-shaped planet hanging there in space would have surely earned Hughes a Nobel Prize in physics.
To help Hughes in his next attempt, and/or as a challenge to any other flat earthers out there, I’ve laid out a highly detailed scientific diagram of the proposed process below, presented free to the flat earth scientific community to help them in their efforts.
(1) Mike Hughes Blasts Off in Self Built Rocket (via USA Today)
Retrieved 26 Mar 2018
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Mike Hughes headshot and flat earth graphic used under parody provisions of Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge; specifically cases where no publicly available image of the event being discussed is available. Airplane photo by the author.
Or he could’ve simply tunneled straight down to prove there’s a B-side to this disc we live on.
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To get to the edge of the earth, one must use a Rutan long-range aircraft, not a C-27J as depicted. 😉
they have an answer for that too – flying east or west means you’re actually going around in a circle, rather than reaching the edge of an imaginary plane.
I’d like to debate one of them on that point. If they claim the planet is a disk, flying in a straight line will eventually take you off the disk. I don’t suppose you have a link to one of their sites you could share do you? Thanks for reading and commenting, much appreciated!