A man who suspects the earth is flat has built a rocket he hopes will launch him high enough to debunk one of the world’s most fundamental facts.  Half a millennium of science isn’t about to get between ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes and his dream, and he’s raring to go. The 61-year-old limo driver from California plans to launch over the weekend. He built the steam-powered vessel using scrap metal and estimates it cost about $20,000 (£15,000).

He plans to travel for about a mile at a speed of around 500 miles per hour, soaring through the sky above the Mojave Desert. “I don’t believe in science,” Mr Hughes told the Associated Press (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.” READ MORE