Last week, rapper B.o.B made headlines after setting up a GoFundMe page to finance a rather bizarre project; sending a satellite into space to prove that the Earth is flat. His plans involve sending a satellite "as far into space as possible" to take a photo of the Earth, which he believes will look like a map.
Needless to say, it's utterly absurd. There are already countless photos of the Earth from space, all of them showing a big old round globe.
No amount of asking questions like this on Twitter will change that:
The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this pic.twitter.com/YCJVBdOWX7— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
However, NASA astronauts, lovely as they are, have taken time out of their busy lives in order to save B.o.B a few U.S.D. First up was Terry Virts, who has spent a lot of time on the International Space Station. He confirmed he'd seen just how round it is.
I can save BoB a lot of money- The Earth is round. I flew around it. https://t.co/F7qAovPEng @bobatl @BBCWorld— Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) September 27, 2017
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, also jumped in to second this. It's sort of what he does.
I did too. It's called an orbit: the curved path of a celestial object around a star, planet, or moon. https://t.co/h8GQJadfxD— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 27, 2017
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly also had advice for B.o.B, as well as video evidence that the Earth is round. If he takes the 35 seconds required to watch it, he'll see just how round the world is, and save his GoFundMe donors the $200,000 he's asking for.
Show you the curve? Here you go @bobatl! One full orbit around Earth. Maybe donate funds raised to #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/bhJSXfwYXL pic.twitter.com/rFAysS2clc— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) September 27, 2017
It could definitely be better spent on Puerto Rico relief.
So did all of this evidence directly tweeted at B.o.B from people who have seen the Earth from space convince him? Of course not. Not even close. B.o.B seems to believe it's evidence that he's getting close to the truth.
People usually discourage you from doing something when they have something to hide 😉— B.o.B (@bobatl) September 29, 2017
Which people from all around the globe obviously aren't impressed by...
That‘s absolutely right!— Paul Kautz (@pkautz) September 30, 2017
„Don‘t touch the stove, it‘s really hot!“
- „Ahhh, that must be where you keep the gold then!“