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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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  1. HERB BENHAM: In Scotland, we needed a backup plan
  2. The Bakersfield Cali

    RT @semayer: Not much here from the FAA we didn't already know. RT @FAANews: Statement on SpaceShipTwo Incident http://t.co/sumVuVAFDC #Sp

  3. tbcbreakingnews

    RT @semayer: Not much here from the FAA we didn't already know. RT @FAANews: Statement on SpaceShipTwo Incident http://t.co/sumVuVAFDC #Sp

  4. Ruth Brown

    Eyewitness describes the deadly spaceship crash #VirginGalactic http://t.co/U9Y73QfpJN

  5. Ruth Brown

    RT @tbcbreakingnews: "This business is not easy," said Stuart Witt, CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port. #VirginGalactic #BCali

  6. Ruth Brown

    RT @TBCCityBeat: Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder Richard Branson is flying to Mojave and is expected to arrive by tomorrow morning. #…

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  8. Theo Douglas

    Kevin Mickey, president of Scaled Composites: NTSB reps due in area tomorrow morning. #SpaceShipTwo

  9. Theo Douglas

    Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder Richard Branson is flying to Mojave and is expected to arrive by tomorrow morning. #SpaceShipTwo

  10. Theo Douglas

    George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic: “Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

  11. Trevor Horn

    #Bakersfield http://t.co/K821WuOqE5

  12. BVarsityLive

    #Bakersfield http://t.co/B0Iy4jRuBN

  13. The Bakersfield Cali

    RT @tbcbreakingnews: "This business is not easy," said Stuart Witt, CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port. #VirginGalactic #BCali

  14. The Bakersfield Cali

    RT @tbcbreakingnews: Kern Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the aircraft is in several pieces. #VirginGalactic #BCali

  15. tbcbreakingnews

    "This business is not easy," said Stuart Witt, CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port. #VirginGalactic #BCali

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