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This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat

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 Alluvial    534

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/21/this-man-is-about-to-launch-himself-in-his-homemade-rocket-to-prove-the-earth-is-flat/

Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.

Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.

Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.

“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.

Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.

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He couldn't get enough money in his kickstarter campaign a few years ago when he said he thought it was round, so he changed  his stance to a flat earther and got enough funds now.

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 Alluvial    534
7 minutes ago, Walk Softly said:

Haha... 

1,800 feet ain't gonna git er done. 

He's better off using one of those high altitude balloons, that won't get er done at all.  It'll prove nothing. 

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 Siriusly    260

The amount of thrust required to get up high enough....

It would be easier to lease a seat on a fighterjet to 40.000 feet.

Or put on a space suit and take a balloon ride to 80.000 feet.

And that still would not be high enough to see clear curvature.

If he is serious he will likely blow himself up trying. Pity.

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 Alluvial    534
3 minutes ago, Siriusly said:

O look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_balloon

In 2002, a balloon named BU60-1 attained 53.0 km (32.9 mi; 173,900 ft).

Yep - that should be high enough for some nice pictures. Make sure to pack a good camera and don't forget your parachute and plenty of o2.

yeah, can clearly see the curvature of the earth with a high altitude balloon, it gets up high enough definately.

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 Ukshep    20,111
15 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

I hope he collected enough money to pay for his funeral. :girl-says-no-no-smiley-emoticon:

:rsz_2shesright-min:

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 Siriusly    260
2 minutes ago, Alluvial said:

yeah, can clearly see the curvature of the earth with a high altitude balloon, it gets up high enough definately.

As usual they are using a GoPro fisheye lense. Pity. But only 109.000 feet. Not really that high given other projects out there. Regular lense would show some curvature but not enough to convince as we have seen on the large discussion of the Skiba video earlier this year.

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 Alluvial    534
1 minute ago, Siriusly said:

As usual they are using a GoPro fisheye lense. Pity. But only 109.000 feet. Not really that high given other projects out there. Regular lense would show some curvature but not enough to convince as we have seen on the large discussion of the Skiba video earlier this year.

Yeah I can see this being a common argument with flat earthers, but when it lands it appears to not be a fish eye lens.  Though, you could argue again that its been edited.... I doubt it though.

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 Alluvial    534

*Waits for admin to merge this thread into that 500 page flat earth'er thread*   lol.  Kidding of course, pls don't haha.

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 Siriusly    260

I just had an idea - what if you took three balloons and put a third of the regular amount of Helium in each one? Would you reach 200.000+ feet? Maybe worth investigating....

In theory it would take three times longer for each balloon to expand to critical size.

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