‘Mars is round’: Flat Earthers forced to spell things out to Elon Musk
Musk posed the seemingly earnest question at a time when the popular ‘Flat Earth’ conspiracy theory seems to be experiencing a revival of interest.
Of course Musk has a bit more riding on the shape of Mars than the average person, considering he wants to colonise the planet within the next few decades.
Hi Elon, thanks for the question. Unlike the Earth, Mars has been observed to be round.We hope you have a fantastic day!— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) November 28, 2017
The verified Twitter account of the Flat Earth Society was on hand to answer the billionaire’s query explaining that “Mars has been observed to be round.”
While Musk didn’t engage further with the group, his followers took up the debate pointing out the cosmic elephant in the room – Earth too has been observed to be round.
Did you miss this observation or...? pic.twitter.com/hyYsMRQjxZ— Reno Says So 🇬🇧 (@RenoXcore) November 29, 2017
The group continued to respond, throwing in some ‘Star Wars’ references and ironing out the details of the shape debate.
No! Alderaan is peaceful, we have no weapons. You can't possibly—— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) November 29, 2017
By no means! Those who believe the Earth to be round claim that it is an oblate spheroid - since the spin of the Earth would slowly bulge it out of shape.— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) November 29, 2017
The revelatory tweet confirms the Flat Earth Society believes at least one planet is round but their stance on other planets, or whether they even believe they exist remains unclear.
Meanwhile, the quest to prove Earth is flat continues, with one man ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes determined to pull off the feat despite some early setbacks.
Hughes’ planned attempt to test his homemade rocket with the ultimate goal of launching it to the edge of space and proving the Earth is flat was postponed last week after a federal agency withheld permission for the jump.
Hughes says he has secured another, privately-owned launch site to kick off his flat-Earth space program but no new date has been announced as of yet.