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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

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 MOJAVE, CA (AP) - The wreckage of the Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket known as Spaceship is scattered in Southern California's Mojave Desert, after an explosion during a test flight. 

Authorities say one person  was killed onboard, and another was seriously injured. 

A photographer who witnessed the crash says the aircraft exploded after a plane designed to take it to a higher altitude released it, and the craft ignited its rocket motor.

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