The ‘crazy’ Mike Hughes (‘Mad’ Mike), a self-styled adventurer and acrobat, died this Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself plummeted and crashed to the ground, witnesses of the event reported to the press
The events occurred around 1:52 pm, on a private property near Highway 247, near Barstow, California, according to the local newspaper. Daily Press.
Justin Chapman, an independent journalist who witnessed the accident, explained to the AP agency that apparently the rocket had a chafe against the launching device and this could have broken the parachute that was attached, which caused him to plummet the earth from a great height, according to his account.
The launch was being recorded for a program about homemade rocket manufacturers as part of the television series Homemade Astronauts, from the Science Channel.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to make this release and Science Channel was there to narrate his trip,” the television network wrote on Twitter.
‘Terraplanista’ and ‘self-taught astronaut’
Hughes, 64, and known for his controversial views that claimed the Earth is flat, a homemade rocket was manufactured to launch itself at about 5,000 feet (1,520 meters) in order to take photos from that height and demonstrate their theories.
To this he dedicated the last years of his life, seeking financing for his project, which after getting the money and the appropriate permits, managed to launch in 2018, when he made his first launch, in which the rocket also hit the earth, but not in free fall. On that occasion he ended up in the hospital.
His theories and projects and the fact of throwing himself into a home appliance granted him the nickname of ‘The Madman’.
Hughes intended to take images from the height that showed that there is no curvature in the horizon and therefore that the Earth is not spherical.