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Update: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

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MOJAVE, Calif. -


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert on Friday, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. Photographer Ken Brown said the space tourism craft, typically flown by two pilots, was released from the plane that carries it to high altitude, ignited its rocket motor and then exploded. 


The California Highway Patrol said one person parachuted out. 


Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson tweeted that he was flying to the area immediately.

Officials are still unsure what caused the accident as nothing out of the ordinary was detected before the crash. 

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