Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes, Kills One
It’s been a rough week for private space exploration. SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane designed by Richard Branson’s company to take tourists into space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test run, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The company said the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly” in its first self-powered flight since January. Virgin was awarded a contract with NASA — which lost an unmanned rocket made by a contractor earlier this week — just last month.