Antarctica is a focal point for believers in the Flat Earth theory because according to them, there is a giant wall of ice surrounding the world. Flat earthers also insist that Antarctica is a place that is off limits to the general public, because the governments of the world are trying to hide the ice wall, of course. Flat earthers believe that this ice wall is thousands of feet thick and 164 feet tall.
According to the Flat Earth Society, “The earth is surrounded on all sides by an ice wall that holds the oceans back. This ice wall is what explorers have named Antarctica.”
The cruise is being organized by the group that hosts the Flat Earth International Conference and the voyage is planned for sometime in 2020.
“If you take a globe and you squish it down, the Antarctic would go all the way around the Earth. It’s kind of like an ice shore and it’s very, very large. It’s not like you just go there and you can just peek over it,” Robbie Davidson, FEIC’s founder, told Forbes.
Critics have pointed out that in order to navigate to Antarctica, flat earthers will need to rely on GPS systems and likely a crew that operates under the belief that the Earth is round.
Former cruise ship captain Henk Keijer, who spent 23-years sailing around the world, told The Guardian that “Ships navigate based on the principle that the Earth is round. Nautical charts are designed with that in mind: that the Earth is round.”
Keijer pointed out that there are multiple GPS satellites positioned all over the world to account for the curvature of the Earth.
“The reason why 24 satellites were used is because on the curvature of the Earth. A minimum of three satellites are required to determine a position. But someone located on the other side of the Earth would also like to know their position, so they also require a certain number of satellites. Had the Earth been flat, a total of three satellites would have been enough to provide this information to everyone on Earth. But it is not enough, because the Earth is round,” Keijer explained.
“I have sailed 2 million miles, give or take. I have not encountered one sea captain who believes the Earth is flat,” Keijer added.
There have been a number of crowdfunding efforts for independent explorations to the reaches of space or “the edge of the Earth.” Even rapper B.o.B is hoping to raise $1 million to send a satellite into space to settle the debate once and for all. There have also been talks of a reality TV show in which flat earthers will attempt to journey to the edge of the Earth in search of the ice wall.
As The Mind Unleashed reported last year, a flat earther even shot himself into the air in a homemade rocket so he could see the curvature of the Earth himself, but things didn’t work out as expected.