An American daredevil died in an attempt to launch a homemade rocket in a desert in the state of California.

Mike Hughes, 64, of his steam-powered rocket, crashed shortly after taking off near Barstow. A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the air before it crashes to the ground.

Hughes believed that the earth was flat and hoped to prove that assumption by traveling to space.

The launch of Hughes’ rocket was reportedly filmed as part of Homemade Astronauts, a new TV series about amateur rocket makers that would be broadcast on the US Science Channel. The project had to be executed with a tight budget.

Science Channel said in a tweet that Hughes was dead as he pursued his dream.

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