By Chong Yoke Ming
In a bid to prove that Earth is flat, American Mike Hughes planned to launch a $27,400 homemade rocket that would take photographs till the edge of the planet.
Many people gathered in the Mojave Desert near California for the spectacle last month. But after 11 minutes, Hughes aborted his plan – for the third time.
“Guys, I’m sorry,” Hughes, a limousine driver, told the media.
So, we still have no pictures to show Earth is shaped like a Frisbee.
Hughes is not alone in his belief of a flat Earth. In fact, several organisations have formed in
recent years to promote the idea, including the Flat Earth Society, which boasts over 43,800 followers on Twitter.
Rapper B.o.B and NBA star Kyrie Irving are among the believers who say that space photos of Earth are altered to make it look spherical.
They point to the results of English inventor Samuel Rowbotham who in 1838 marked out a six-mile stretch of water along a river in Bedfod and noted that the surface of the water remained flat.
Experts have tried to explain why some people still don’t get that Earth is a sphere. Flat Earth
believers are just trying to make sense of the world around them, they say.
Prevailing scientific theories are often overturned as man moves to a more precise understanding of the universe, astronomer Stuart Clark told Business Insider UK.
And this is just too complicated for some people.
“There is a tendency for people to reject that reality, and just fall back on comfortable myths, things that make them feel at home and make them much happier that they know what is going on,” he said.
Meanwhile Hughes’ battle to prove that Earth is flat continues, and he dreams of seeing Earth’s
edge one day.
But first, he will need to break away from the gravitational pull of the Earth’s spherical core.