Believers in a flat, somewhat disk-like Earth, argue that pictures depicting a curved horizon are fake and that shots taken in outer space of a round Earth are part of a intricate conspiracy conjured up by NASA and other space agencies to hide the flatness of Earth.

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To prove NASA wrong, the Flat Earthers’ conference organisers are bringing together people who believe that the Earth is flat by scheduling a cruise to the planet’s supposed edge. Apparently, they will be looking for the ice wall that holds the oceans back which prevents the water from spilling over into the vast expanse of space. The Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC) announced recently on its website that this voyage to the edge of the planet would take place in 2020.

The Flat Earth Society was founded by Samuel Shenton in 1956, after renaming it from the Universal Zetetic Society. He was said to have led the Flat Earth Society from 1956 until his death in 1971.

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It is worth mentioning, however, that nautical maps and navigation technologies like the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) work as they do, because the Earth is a globe with satellites circling it which accurately tracks targeted positions. According to the FES website, the planet appears to be a disk, shaped like a pancake with the North Pole right in the middle and an edge surrounded on all sides by an ice wall holding back the oceans.

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The ice wall believed to be Antarctica by flat earthers, will be the final destination of the cruise which FEIC has assured to all participating members of the trip.  There is just one problem with this whole set up though; Henk Keijer, a former cruise ship captain with 23 years of experience told The Guardian that navigational charts and systems that guide cruise ships and other vessels around Earth’s oceans are all based on the very principle of a round Earth.

He added that GPS relies on dozens of satellites orbiting above Earth, thousands of kilometers away.

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Signals from the satellite would beam information down to the receiver inside a GPS device. At least three satellites are required to identify an accurate position due to the curvature of the Earth.

Had the Earth been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth,” Keijer said. “But it is not enough, because the Earth is round.”

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Let us just wait and see if the FEIC adventure to Antarctica is going to ironically rely on GPS or deploy a completely new Flat-Earth navigation system to find the end of the world.

 

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