Michael “Mad Mike” Hughes was killed in the crash of his homemade
steam-powered rocket Saturday in California. It was the second launch
for Hughes in his mission to prove the Earth is flat by eventually
taking photos of the lack of curvature of the planet from space.
Hughes, 64, launched from the desert northeast of Los Angeles about 2
p.m. and the flight lasted about 20 seconds when the rocket crashed
nose first at high speed.
As the rocket launched, the recovery parachute separated from the
rocket. The craft arced to the right before reaching about 1,000 feet
and then plummeting to the ground. The Science Channel was covering
the launch as part of its series Homemade Astronauts. Medical
personnel were on hand for the launch and reached the crash site
immediately but there was no chance of survival.