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Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site
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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal accident investigators are headed to a desert crash site where a winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth broke up during a test flight, killing one pilot and badly injuring another....

Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions
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The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert....

Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities
The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:...





A look at people killed during space missions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo accident proved what astronauts and their families know too well: Space can be deadly....

China experimental moon orbiter returns
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface....

South Africa arrests 2 Vietnamese for poaching
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police have arrested two Vietnamese and confiscated a large number of rhinoceros horns as part of an anti-poaching operation, authorities said Saturday....

Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, officials said Thursday, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is....

Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time....

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station....

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut
TOKYO (AP) -- Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry....