In what appears to be a fully-fledged member of the Flat Earth Society, rapper B.o.B (full name Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.) decided he wanted to prove their point. He recently launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise a tasty $1 million to pay for one, “if not multiple,” satellites and weather balloons to send up to space to look for the Earth's curvature. As a flat-earther, it seems he is trying to keep an open mind and, while most astronauts likely ignored his claims, a couple did respond, along with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who got into a Twitter chat last year.

Rapper B.o.B. is looking for Earth curvature

As reported by Space.com, despite the thousands of satellite photos out there, along with the round shape of the Earth revealed as a shadow on the moon, Atlanta-based B.o.B., isn’t going to be tricked into believing the Earth is round.

In fact, he chooses to believe only what he sees with his own eyes.

Last year, the rapper posted numerous photos to Twitter, which he says prove the Earth is flat. He went on to say he is going up against the “greatest liars in history,” saying everyone has been deceived. This led to Tyson get into a commentary with him on Twitter, saying the Flat Earth theory is only a problem if people in charge believe that, adding that there is no law to stop B.o.B. from “regressively basking in it.”

Tyson went on to tell B.o.B. he was around five centuries behind in his thinking and pointed out that even though the ancient Greeks had believed the planet was round, this knowledge was lost until after the Dark Ages when the fact was rediscovered.

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Tyson even got into a rap challenge with the rapper.

According to a video on the GoFundMe page, B.o.B. was initially attempting to raise $200,000, but upped the figure to $1 million after a lot of people made “valid suggestions” which led him to the conclusion that instead of sending one satellite up into space, he needed to send more. On the page, he asks potential donors to “Help B.o.B find the curve!”

Astronauts give B.o.B. some assistance

With the latest tweets from the rapper, while launching a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to prove his point, NASA astronauts decided to try and help the rapper. Astronaut Terry Virts headed to Twitter to tell B.o.B. he can save him a “lot of money,” adding that the Earth is indeed round, as I have flown around it.

As reported by the International Business Times, Virts has been with NASA for some time now and was a pilot for the space shuttle Endeavor before it was decommissioned.

The astronaut has also spent time on the International Space Station, with around 20 hours spent on spacewalks above that same round Earth, so he knows what he is talking about.

Buzz Aldrin, famously known as the second man to set foot on the moon with the Apollo 11 team, added his own words to Virt’s tweet, saying he has also flown around the Earth, explaining to B.o.B. that it is called “an orbit,” going on to say that this is the curved path around a celestial object such as a planet, star or moon.

GoFundMe page nowhere near its goal

However, while the Flat Earth Society might back B.o.B.’s claims, the rapper has a long way to go towards his final goal of $1 million to launch one or more satellites. In seven days he managed to raise less than $5,000 from 147 donors, $1,000 of which was apparently donated by the rapper himself.