Rapper B.o.B Wants to Launch a Satellite to See if Earth Is Flat

DSCOVR View of Aug. 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse
NASA's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite snapped this view of the total solar eclipse crossing (the very round) Earth on Aug. 21, 2017. (Image credit: NASA EPIC Team)

B.o.B may be about to blow the lid off the "round-Earth conspiracy."

Unlike the rest of us, the Atlanta-based rapper has not been "tricked" into believing our planet is spherical by thousands of satellite photos, the shape of Earth's shadow on the moon during lunar eclipses, the circumnavigation of the globe, the physics of planet formation or any other such evidence.

Rather, B.o.B — whose real name is Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. — trusts his eyes. And his eyes tell him that Earth's horizon tends to look pretty flat in photos taken from the surface. Indeed, B.o.B posted a bunch of such pictures on Twitter last year via his @bobatl account, along with commentary such as, "I'm going up against the greatest liars in history ... you've been tremendously deceived." (The little episode sparked a memorable rap battle with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.)

All that being said, however, B.o.B appears to be keeping an open mind. In fact, he wants to gather some crucial evidence about Earth's shape himself — with the aid of $1 million, which he's trying to raise via the crowdfunding site gofundme.com.

"What's up guys! Help support B.o.B purchase and launch one, if not multiple, satellites into space," the project description states. "He's donated 1k to the cause to get it going, and will be keeping you updated with step-by-step documentation of the process! Help B.o.B find the curve!"

As of Wednesday morning (Sept. 27) — five days into the campaign — B.o.B had raised about $1,700 on top of his initial $1,000 contribution. But he had to know this would be a long and difficult road; the round-Earth conspiracy runs deep, going all the way back to the observations and deductions of the ancient Greeks.

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Mike Wall
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.