Video posted on-line exhibits the precise second “Mad” Mike Hughes’ selfmade rocket got here crashing right down to earth after a failed launch try, killing the self-styled daredevil.
The video, posted to Twitter by Justin Chapman, a contract journalist who witnessed and recorded the fatal crash, begins by exhibiting the self-made rocket seconds earlier than it takes off from a information rail connected to a big white truck in Barstow, California.
Mud and sand fill the air because the rocket launches into the sky, and because the ship veers sharply to at least one facet, a yellow and purple parachute could be seen falling off of the vessel and floating right down to earth, surrounded by smoke from the rocket’s steam-powered engine.
The digital camera shortly pans right down to the drifting parachute after which again as much as the rocket — and follows the doomed craft till it crashes into the California desert whereas spectators who have been watching the occasion scream.
The launch, which occurred Saturday and was meant for a brand new Science Channel sequence known as “Do-it-yourself Astronauts,” was imagined to have rocketed Hughes as much as 5,000 ft into the air, the TV community stated.
“Our ideas and prayers exit to Mike Hughes’ household and associates throughout this tough time. It was all the time his dream to do that launch, and Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey,” the TV community stated in an announcement.
Hughes, who believed the Earth was flat, had beforehand stated his objective was to fly to the sting of outer area and see for himself if the world was spherical or not.
“I don’t wish to take anybody else’s phrase for it,” he stated after a March 2018 launch within the Mojave Desert by which he shot his selfmade rocket over 1,800 ft into the sky, “I don’t know if the world is flat or spherical.”