Astronauts to Flat-Earther B.o.B: We’ve Seen the Curve

Sep 29, 2017

By Mike Wall

Some former NASA astronauts have a message for flat-Earther B.o.B: The curve is real, and we’ve seen it.

Last week, the Atlanta-based rapper kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 million, ostensibly so he can build and launch one or more satellites to settle the “question” of Earth’s shape once and for all.

B.o.B doubts that Earth is round because the horizon looks pretty flat in photos taken from the planet’s surface. That’s a simple consequence of Earth’s large size, of course, but B.o.B doesn’t see it that way. “Help B.o.B find the curve!” the crowdfunding project’s description reads, in part.

This plea elicited a response from former NASA astronaut Terry Virts.

“I can save BoB a lot of money — the Earth is round. I flew around it,” Virts tweeted Wednesday (Sept. 27) via his @AstroTerry account.

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) responded to Virts Wednesday, tweeting, “I did too. It’s called an orbit: the curved path of a celestial object around a star, planet, or moon.”

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5 comments on “Astronauts to Flat-Earther B.o.B: We’ve Seen the Curve

  • @OP – B.o.B doubts that Earth is round because the horizon looks pretty flat in photos taken from the planet’s surface.

    So his next project??

    Investigate if the Earth is the centre of the Solar System and the Universe! ? ? 🙂

    That night sky looks pretty much like a goldfish’s view from inside a spherical bowl!! – and those googled history articles, have clear explicit diagrams of celestial spheres surrounding the Earth! 🙂
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  • I think if you stand at the top of even a minor cliff, and look out over the open sea, you can detect the curvature of the earth. That has been my experience, anyway. Never mind watch a tall ship coming over the horizon….
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  • Do the flat earthers believe that the moon and other planets are also flat? Some are flat and others round? Are these planets all just discs that happen to be presented to us with the disc upright and fully facing us? All except for earth which is presented to us on a horizontal plane so that we won’t fall off by accident due to gravity sliding us sideways…haha.
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