It goes without saying that Flat Earthers are considered by some to be among the dumbest people on this green spherical Earth but a 61-year-old limo driver in America is now taking that shit to the next level.

'Mad' Mike Hughes is a self-taught 'rocket scientist' who has spent the past few years building a homemade, steam-powered rocket in his garage so he can prove the entirety of the world's scientific community wrong.

On Saturday, Hughes will climb aboard the vessel and launch into the air. His aim: to discredit thousands of years of mankind's advancement. He hopes he will be able to look down from the sky and see the Earth is actually a flat disk with a giant wall of ice around it.

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"I don't believe in science," Hughes told the AP. "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."

The rocket cost him roughly $20,000 (£15,100) to build and the project is sponsored by the group Research Flat Earth. He expects to hit speeds of up to 500 MPH during his journey over Amboy, a ghost town in California.

"If you're not scared to death, you're an idiot," Hughes said. "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."

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According to Hughes' website, the launch will be available to watch live on 'Internet PPV'.

"Nothing is out of reach," Hughes said. "Anything can be done. You just have to put enough money, time, and thought into it."

Flat Earth theory has received mainstream attention this year, since rapper B.o.B admitted he had become #woke.

NASA astronauts have even been forced to respond to the 28-year-old hip-hop artist. Terry Virts, who at various points in his life may as well have paid rent on board the International Space Station, gave it to him straight, saying: "I can save BoB a lot of money - The Earth is round. I flew around it [sic]."

His point was backed up by none other than Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon.

He quoted Terry's tweet, adding: "I did too. It's called an orbit: the curved path of a celestial object around a star, planet, or moon."

I guess it's up to you to choose a side, Buzz 'Second Man On The Moon' Aldrin or 'Mad' Mike Hughes. What you saying?

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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