Flat-Earther to debunk round world ‘myth’ in homemade rocket

A self-styled mad scientist is preparing to launch himself into orbit in a homemade rocket in a bid to prove the Earth is flat.

‘Mad’ Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, who has spent years building his own steam powered rocket, says this Saturday he will make it jump over Amboy, California – a Route 66 ghost town.

Hughes’ blast off is an attempt to raise media attention ahead of a more ambitious venture – to travel to the edge of space.