“Mad” Mike Hughes is a bit of a conundrum. The 61-year-old doesn’t believe in science, but he plans to launch himself over a ghost town Saturday in a self-made rocket that he built over the last few years, spending over $20,000. He plans to one day create another rocket that can leave earth’s atmosphere so he can prove that the earth is flat.
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Hughes would consider himself a “walking reality show,” among other things. He started building the rocket in his garage as a personal project to complete after working each day as a limo driver in California.
The daredevil changed his whole lifestyle after he became a self-taught rocket scientist. His nickname “mad” is fitting as he will be travel upwards at 500 MPH in a rocket he made with scrap parts. He plans to launch over Amboy, California, a ghost town that runs along the historic Route 66.
You see, Hughes doesn’t make a ton of money so he doesn’t have an impressive amount of disposable income. The Associated Press reported Hughes makes $15 an hour as a limo driver plus tips. Not to mention, he lives in California where houses are super expensive. He turned a mobile home that he bought cheap from Craigslist into his launching ramp.
But even daredevils get scared. “If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” Hughes explained. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. 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.”
He has already left a mound of food for his four cats if he doesn’t survive the stunt. Hughes wants to prove to everyone that you can do anything you set your mind to. “I want to inspire others — and you have to do something incredible to get anybody’s attention.” And an incredible event he will be doing.
Between 2 and 3 PM, Hughes will heat 70 gallons of water and then launch himself 1,800 feet upwards before pulling two parachutes and coming back down to earth’s surface. To minimize the risk of falling debris and to avoid injuring someone, no spectators are allowed.
To make sure the launch is captured, Hughes plans to stream the entire event on his Youtube channel. What’s ironic about his spectacle is that he doesn’t believe the earth is round — or believe in science at all for that matter.
“I don’t believe in science,” he said, before adding: “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, 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.”
Hughes may not believe the earth is round or science is real, but launching a person a mile into the air is no simple task. This marks the second time Hughes has launched himself in a rocket. Give our regards to the other side, Mike.
Below is one of Hughes’ previous rocket launch videos.