Look, I haven't mentioned Zeus, Buddah, or some religion.
Started by joeactor, February 23, 2020, 12:50:28 PM
QuoteMichael Hughes - who went by the moniker "Mad Mike" - was attempting to launch his steam-powered rocket to an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) from a site in the desert north-west of Los Angeles but crashed 20 seconds after take-off.Mr Hughes, 64, eventually wanted to prove his Flat Earth theory by taking photographs of the curvature of the planet - or lack of curvature under his theory - from space.
Quote from: Recusant on February 23, 2020, 06:39:08 PMIt looked like something went wrong with a chute (the recovery parachute?) very early in the flight. Fatal overconfidence in engineering and/or mechanical ability, unless there was pilot error involved.
Quote from: Old Seer on February 25, 2020, 05:16:49 PMAnother case of science fiction being taken as fact. Which proves, the longer something goes on the more probability it will be believed, and, it cost someone's life. When in my teens I wanted to go to the moon. Logic dictated that a spacecraft is nothing more the an air tank with a rocket motor on it. What's complicated is the rigging needed to to keep one alive. I don't recall why I never gave it a try but was probably due to the moon not being worth my life. I do recall that one Sunday I hitch hiked to a far town where there was Paps" sport shop and purchased 1 lb of black powder and hitch hiked back. A Sunday or 2 later The family went visiting and I stayed home to light off my excitement. I found that my device was highly multi directional and after making a 9 second inspection of the farm ended up going nose first into the cow yard blowing a hole about 2ft across and 1ft deep. If the cows weren't out in the pasture at the time I most likely would have killed one. The experience was very worth while as any time in the future I would mull over the prospect of moon-going I recalled that happening in the cow yard. So, so much for going to the moon which I still hold to this day as a loony idea. After that experience I stuck to making hand grenades.