I Interviewed NASA Astronauts for a Development TV Project… and the First (Only) Citizen to go Past the Kamen Line with a Private Rocket, and Mad Mike Hughes, who Died in an Accident Shooting himself in a Homemade Rocket for the Flat Parth Society
Ok, I’m not arguing either way, I’m just thinking this through from my own personal experience. Interviewing astronauts was incredibly difficult. They have a single agent you have to go through to get to them to even be considered for a television show. She strictly monitored our interviews, and insisted I send them to her. This is unheard of in the development world. I spoke to them privately for many, many hours. Like 20, at least. I could ask any questions I wanted, and I did. I spoke with one of the top mission commanders, with the most time logged in Space of just about anyone. It was a mind-blowing experience. Looking back on it, I don’t know what to think. I interview a lot of incredible people for unscripted television shows, and these guys really stood out as absolutely remarkable humans. Ky Michaelson is the first and only civilian to shoot a rocket past the Kamen Line. He is absolutely obsessed with rocketry, is almost 90 and dgaf about the flat earth society, who he says uses his footage, or any political motives. No one even knows who the guy is unfortunately. He is an awesome human, but again, it’s not like his work has been well publicized. Mad Mike Hughes died when he tried to launch his own rocket to prove the earth was flat for the Flat Earth Society. I think they sponsored him. He was more of a stuntman really, not a scientist. He just needed funding. He was living out of his car at the time, and had bonded with an engineer in the Mojave Desert. The engineer built rockets and reverse- engineered space craft from parts he found in the ocean. There’s actually a shop in LA that sells salvaged rocketry and space tech. I really see both sides of the issue. I know that rocketry is a 5,000 year old technology that is far behind what we are capable of. I interviewed a man who is designing giant helium pads that are much safer than the rockets we have now, as well as satellite engineers, the guy who’s trying to build the first Space elevator, and can’t get funding… It’s just strange that I’ve had so much one on one, personal contact with these individuals, and I’m learning about the whole globe skepticism thing, which fits into a lot of my understanding of the rest of reality. I’m really not sure what to make of it. When I was doing these interviews, I didn’t know anything about the flat earth movement. I thought it was completely made up. I just think it would be too weird for these relatively obscure people to make any of this up for a private interview that was never even close to being aired.
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