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"Mad" Mike Hughes, the rocket man who believes the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 570 meters into the air Saturday before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert.Sometime after 3 p.m. PDT, and without a countdown, Hughes' rocket soared into the sky.Hughes reached a speed that Stakes estimated to be around 560 kph before pulling his parachute. Hughes was dropping too fast, though, and he had to deploy a second one. He landed with a thud and the rocket's nose broke in two places like it was designed to do.The rocket landed about 457 meters from the launch ramp, Stakes said.Linenger orbited the globe more than 2,000 times during four months in 1997 .Hughes often sparred with his critics on social media leading up to the launch, through Facebook comments and a 12-minute video addressed to his doubters.This rocket would take Hughes about 108.44 kilometers up. He has a documentary crew following him around to record his ambition, with a planned release in August.This was actually the second time he's constructed and launched a rocket.
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