A daredevil inventor who believes the Earth is flat blasted himself around 570 metres (1,875ft) into the air in a rocket before landing with a bump. 'Mad' Mike Hughes, 61, a US limo driver from California, was slightly injured when his steam-powered rocket launch ended with a hard landing in the Mojave Desert on Saturday. "This thing wants to kill you 10 different ways," said Mr Hughes, who said the crash left him with an aching back. The daredevil blasted off shortly after 3pm local time with no countdown or fanfare. Mr Hughes reached an estimated 350mph before activating his parachute. He was forced to deploy a second chute as his rocket, emblazoned with the words "research flat earth", was falling too fast. The daredevil landed bluntly with the rocket's nose breaking in two places - as it was designed to do. "Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess," he said. "I'll feel it in the morning. I won't be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight." Mr Hughes uses his Facebook page to address those who doubt his rocket-making skills and his theory that the Earth is flat. "Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is," he said in one video. "Do I know for sure? No. That's why I want to go up in space."
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