New Delhi: 61-year-old self-taught scientist Mike Hughes launched himself into the sky aboard his self-built steam-powered rocket at 325mph on Saturday, March 24.
Mike Hughes launched himself 1,875 feet into California sky as he wanted to prove that the Earth is flat.
The 61-year-old limo driver made the launch near Amboy, California - a desert town about 200 miles from the city of Los Angeles. He had a hard landing in the Mojave Desert.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mike Hughes converted a mobile home into a ramp and modified it to launch from a vertical angle so he wouldn't fall back to the ground on public land.
Since he was falling fast on to the ground, he landed with a thud and the rocket’s nose broke in two places like it was designed to do.
The speed of the rocket has been estimated to be around 350 mph before the parachute was pulled.
The launch was first set for November in the in the desert town east of Los Angeles, but was scrubbed several times due to logistical issues with the Bureau of Land Management and mechanical problems that kept popping up