Skeptic of World Being Round Dies in California Rocket Crash

A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth.

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BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth. “Mad” Mike Hughes was killed on Saturday afternoon after his rocket crashed on private property near Barstow, California. Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was at the rocket launch, said Hughes, 64, was…

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