The earth is round, but some people just don't believe it and want to prove that the earth is flat.
Mike Hughes, a 64-year-old American "maniac" who made his rocket in hopes of personally charging into space to check whether the earth was flat or spherical, died in the rocket launch, foreign media reported. He was launched into the sky near Basto, California, on a steam rocket then fell to the ground shortly after taking off.
Later, Science Channel confirmed the tragedy and tweeted that "mad Mike" Hughes died in the process of trying to launch his own rocket.
Hughes, helped by his partner, the Waldo Stakes, tried to reach 1525 metres. His team spent about $18000 on a homemade rocket, which was propelled using steam ejected from a nozzle.
Mike Hughes successfully launched the rocket for the first time on March 24, 2018, reaching an altitude of 572 meters, and then hard landed in the Mojave desert. He reportedly tried another rocket launch last year.