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Flat Earth believer plans homemade rocket space voyage to prove earth is flat

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CALIFORNIA — A California man, who believes the Earth is falt, all set to launch a homemade rocket in California as part of a bid to eventually prove that the Earth is flat.

Mike Hughes told the Associated Press that he thinks that people mistakenly believe the Earth is round because of a conspiracy among astronauts and he plans to prove that we in fact live on a flat disc by launching himself into space and snapping a photo.

61-year-old Hughes is a limousine driver who has spent the past few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage in the United States.

His project has cost him $US20,000 ($26,200), which includes paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp.

His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date — Saturday, November 25, when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California.

“I don’t believe in science,” declared the 61-year-old. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula.”

He expects to travel about 1.5 kilometres at a speed of roughly 800kph.

“It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no-one else can do, and no-one in the history of mankind has designed, built and launched himself in his own rocket.

He believes the Earth is flat, but he knows this is a conundrum, given he is about to launch himself into the atmosphere.

The rocket, which he aims to reach an altitude of 1,800ft (550 metres) over California, will be launched from the back of a converted motor home purchased from Craigslist.

His voyage is sponsored by a flat Earth research group, and Hughes plans a subsequent trip to try and observe the flatness of the Earth for himself.

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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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