The flat-earth theory states that the earth is not round or even an ellipse but simply flat with edges you can fall off from.
It was upheld in classical times and mostly debunked since the Renaissance, when Church authorities started to accept that the earth was round, and completely debunked since the space programs of the 1950s and 1960s.
However, some flat-earthers people who believe that the whole space program and all pictures of a globe earth are a hoax.
One of them is Mr. Mike Hughes, a self-taught engineer who now tends to prove for once and for all that the earth is flat. For this reason, he will launch himself from a rocket this weekend.
There are a few last-second modifications to his vessel left but soon he’ll be able to pick up his flight suit, leave out enough food for his four cats and take off in his own rocket to the edges of the earth.
Mr. Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage, admits that his project has cost him a total of $20,000 already, but he’s convinced it’s all worth it.
He stated: "I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket"
This weekend he will strap into his homemade contraption and attempt to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California.
He will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph, commenting: "If you're not scared to death, you're an idiot; It's scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive.”
"I don't believe in science. I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the area, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that's not science, that's just a formula. There's no difference between science and science fiction."