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Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

Witness: Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodes in test flight; 1 dead, officials say
Brian Melley And Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

MOJAVE, Calif. - A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

Though the company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson said little publicly other than acknowledging the loss of the craft, Branson tweeted that he was flying to the area "immediately to be with the team."

Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast

Russian engines suspected in commercial rocket explosion; 'In no way are we discouraged'
Brock Vergakis And Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to send supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

After rocket explosion, commercial space company to recover debris, look for what caused it
Brock Vergakis And Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

ATLANTIC, Va. - The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials.

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