The small but vocal group of internet users who believe the Earth is flat where the target of a lot of jokes on social media over the weekend.
As Nasa and SpaceX teamed up to launch two astronauts into orbit, there wasn’t any doubt that we’re leaving on a spherical planet.
The entire launch was live-streamed over the internet and as the astronauts left our atmosphere, viewers could clearly make out the curvature of the Earth.Social media users made sure to point out the curvature of the Earth.
A Twitter user known as The Noggin wrote in a post directed at the Flat Earth conspiracy movement saying the footage was indisputable because it was ‘completely live’.
‘Hey #FlatEarth, we just launched two Americans into space completely live, with tons of live footage. Absolutely no way it could have been fake. Suck it, flerfs,’ tweeted the user, who claims to be a Marine Corps veteran and tweets under the handle @USMCNoggin.
And a Twitter user who posts under the handle @bringsnacks__ went so far as to include video footage of the SpaceX stage separation, with the earth in the background clearly looking round.
‘Flat earthers must be so confused right now #SpaceX #SpaceLaunchLIVE #FlatEarth,’ wrote the Twitter user.
Others couldn’t resist poking fun at the Flat-Earthers who continue to assume we’re living on a two-dimensional plane.
Saturday’s mission, known as Demo-2, had multiple setbacks, but the successful launch will now almost certainly pave the way for future SpaceX flights.
Nasa wants to contract out ISS flights to private companies like SpaceX, just as the US military subcontracts its aircraft building to aerospace corporations like Boeing.
It hopes to free up resources to it can instead concentrate its efforts on ‘far and deep’ missions to Mars and the moon, with astronauts set to return to the latter in around four years.
By which point maybe, just maybe, the Flat Earth movement will have given up and gone home.
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