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Old 6th February 2018, 09:36 AM
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An American bloke, who reckons Earth is flat as a frisbee, is on a quest to send himself into space to verify his theory. And on Sunday, he failed to even launch a rocket to a few hundred feet.

Limousine driver, self-taught rocket maker, and headline generator "Mad" Mike Hughes hoped to blast off his homemade rocket from private land in Amboy, California, and have the device reach an altitude of 1,800 feet. Live footage of the launch was sold on a pay-per-view channel at $5 a pop, however fans simply got an eyeful of the fella sitting on his tod for 11 minutes before admitting defeat.

Hughes said an actuator was malfunctioning, preventing the thing from lifting off. It may have been possible to get someone underneath the rocket to fix the cockup, he said, but that would be too dangerous. Here's him explaining why it didn't take off:


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a homemade, steam-powered rocket... is meant to fling Hughes roughly a mile at a speed of 500 mph.
Steam? That's some mighty fast coal shovelling!
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a homemade, steam-powered rocket... is meant to fling Hughes roughly a mile at a speed of 500 mph.
Steam? That's some mighty fast coal shovelling!
This whole thing sounds like an episode of the Goon Show when they went to space in a steam powered rocket. Additionally, they were approached by the flat earth society to determine if the earth was flat (of course it is but some people will insist otherwise).

It did of course lead to the timeless joke

"I saw the Earth!"
"Did it look round?"
"Yes, but I don't think it saw me!"
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