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Technology Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes dies during rocket launch attempt

06:50  24 february  2020
06:50  24 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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" Michael ' Mad Mike ' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket ," reads the statement. According to the Washington Post a crowd of around 50 people watched Hughes as the rocket 's safety parachute ripped off immediately after launch .

Daredevil Flat - Earther ‘ Mad ’ Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket . Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch . Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air.

"Mad" Mike Hughes, the amateur astronaut who previously attempted to fly himself skyward in a rocket to prove the Earth is flat, has died in his latest attempt to launch himself in a homemade rocket in Barstow, California.

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The Science Channel, which was tracking Hughes's attempts, announced the news via Twitter over the weekend.

"Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket," reads the statement. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch."

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Mad Mike Hughes just launched himself in a self-made steam-powered rocket and crash landed. His latest attempt was being filmed for a future Science Channel show “Homemade Astronauts” – a series about three self-financed teams aiming to reach the so-called Kármán line, the altitude where

Daredevil ' Mad Mike ' Hughes Dies During Attempt To Launch Homemade Rocket . Michael ' Mad Mike ' Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket . Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time.

In March 2019, Hughes made it 1,875 feet (572 meters) before plummeting back to Earth safely. This time around the goal was to fly 5,000 feet in the air as part of a Homemade Astronauts show for the Science Channel. According to the Washington Post a crowd of around 50 people watched Hughes as the rocket's safety parachute ripped off immediately after launch. The shuttle crashed hundreds of metres away and a support team went to investigate.

a man wearing a hat © Science Channel

Hughes, 64, was previously a stuntman, who once held a Guinness Book world record for landing a 103-foot jump in a stretch limo. But he spent the majority of his later years as one of the most famous proponents of flat-Earth theory.

"The Flat Earth thing is like everything else to me," he told CBS news, back in 2018. "I just want people to question everything."

American takes off in "homemade" rocket, dies .
Michael Hughes, known as "Mad Mike", killed himself Sunday after crashing shortly after taking off in a rocket he made -even. © PAUL BUCK / EFE / SIPA A 64-year-old American amateur astronaut who wanted to prove that the Earth is flat died on Saturday in California in the explosion of his homemade rocket, announced the American channel Science Channel which filmed the launch .

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