Daredevil dies in homemade-rocket crash

Daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes died over the weekend when his homemade rocket, which he had hoped would one day fly him to the edge of space, crashed outside Barstow, California.

He was 64.

The rocket’s green parachute tore away just after launch. “Everyone was just stunned and didn’t know what to do,” freelance reporter Justin Chapman, who was present for the launch as he worked on a broader story on Hughes, told The Washington Post on Sunday. “They were silent for a long time.”

The craft’s other three parachutes failed to deploy.

Hughes was widely known as the most visible supporter of the theory that the Earth isn’t round, but a flat plane.

“I don’t want to take anyone else’s word for it,” he said in a video talking about his goal for the mission. “I don’t know if the world is flat or round.”

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