As a species, we have come very far throughout the course of history. It is difficult to imagine that just a couple of centuries ago, there were no cars, no phones and people were restricted by distance.
If a message needed to be conveyed to someone living in another country, it would take excessive effort and sometimes months on end. Compared to today, where saying anything at all is just a click away in the comfort of small devices that keep us all connected globally.
Those aren’t the only things that have changed though. Science has made huge leaps in pretty much every field of thought you can imagine. We aimed for the stars and actually managed to reach them. We gained knowledge and information that a century ago did not even exist.
Look at schools to get things into perspective for yourself. Children are taught things about the world which weren’t even proven a 100 years ago, and that just goes to show how much we have advanced as a global society.
But despite having reached places beyond our own world, and having pictures to make a case of its authenticity, there are still people who remain on the opposite end of the spectrum. There is a range of such people.
There are those who do not believe in medicines or vaccinations, those who do not believe in logical explanations with backed up evidence and the list goes on. But one tier actually takes the cake more than the rest, and that group is the flat-earthers. The name is pretty much self-explanatory. These are people who despite having every piece of evidence the world could provide, believe that the earth is actually flat and not round.
To these individuals, the concept of horizons and night/day is incomprehensible. Despite having every explanation in favour of Earth being round, they come up with bizarre theories which state that it isn’t. But those were just words and baseless arguments, until now.
Meet Mike Hughes. The man’s name has been the topic of discussion pretty much everywhere at the moment. Why? because Mike here is a flat-earther. But he isn’t like the rest. Mike is actually hell-bent on trying to prove that the earth really is flat. So how did he plan to do that? Well, launch himself in a rocket to see for himself.
Now, these things are easier said than done to honest. And it takes a lot of commitment to even attempt to do something so outrageous. Building a rocket is no joke, as corporations take years to perfect this skill and people who are on board go through vigorous trials for a long period of time. But Mike got so involved in his idea, that he actually pulled it off, he successfully made his own rocket at home.
The building isn’t Mike’s only achievement though. Because on 24th March 2018, he actually tested the rocket with himself aboard. Now that is some commitment. At 3 pm local time, Mike launched himself 570 meters into the sky in his rocket in Mojave Desert of California.