CBS Local — Although explorers proved the Earth’s shape in the 15th century, the news is apparently taking some time to reach everyone around the globe.
Rapper B.o.B is apparently so convinced that the Earth is flat he’s decided to prove that famous explorers and over 500 astronauts who “orbited” the Earth were all making it up. The rapper, whose real name is Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., has started a GoFundMe campaign to launch a satellite that he hopes will prove the third planet from the sun is actually flat as a pancake.
The campaign is seeking to raise one million dollars in order to “show BoB the curve.” So far B.o.B’s fundraiser has pulled in just over $3,000, with the rapper putting in $1,000. If successful, the plan is to, “launch multiple weather balloons and satellites into space, for experimental exploration.”
B.o.B has continually railed against scientists and astronomers on social media, claiming there’s no proof to support the “round-Earth conspiracy.” The 28-year-old has even released a musical “diss track” targeting noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
NASA astronauts of past and present have already weighed in on the rapper’s seemingly absurd quest. Astronaut Terry Virts responded to the fundraising effort with a picture of his work from high above the “globe.” Virts was a pilot on the space shuttle Endeavor and spent more than 200 days in space.
Legendary space pioneer Buzz Aldrin followed Virts’ comments, adding his own experiences as a member of the famous Apollo 11 mission and the second man to ever stand on the Moon.
Whether B.o.B can be convinced that his 500-year-old view of the planet is outdated has yet to be proven however, Dr. Tyson says B.o.B is entitled to his own opinion. “Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way. No law stops you from regressively basking in it,” Tyson said in a tweet.