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Eyewitness describes deadly SpaceShipTwo disaster

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SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-powered space plane that was expected to usher in an era of routine commercial space flight in the 21st century, exploded in mid-air during a test flight out of Mojave Air and Space Port Friday morning, killing one aboard and seriously wounding another.

The identities of the two men were not released as of Friday afternoon. The man killed died immediately at the scene; the other appeared to suffer major injuries but the extent of them was not known, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a press conference Friday afternoon at the space port.

There were several debris sites over a two-mile area of the Mojave Desert, about a mile from the intersection of Cantil Road and Redrock Randsburg Road, according to...

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