DIY Rocketeer ‘Mad Mike’ dies filming ill-conceived ‘Homemade Astronauts’ for Science Channel

Sad news over the weekend when a daredevil strapped to a low-budget rocket crashed into the Earth and died.

‘Made Mike’ Hughes was being filmed by the Science Channel for an upcoming series called Homemade Astronauts.

The premise of the show — following self-funded rocketeers with shoestring budgets — is certainly interesting for spaceflight fans, but Hughes tragic death highlights a fatal flaw in the show’s recipe: safety is not low budget.

In retrospect, nothing about the stunt’s description sounds responsible:

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