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Space: Virgin Spacecraft Explosion / A Discussion #1073916

CNN Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 2014
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The midair explosion of a rocket plane belonging to Virgin Galactic over the Mojave desert in California featured; images shown of the spacecraft breaking apart in sections.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; California: Paul Verkammen) The new fuel formula used in the plane that exploded with one pilot surviving & one dead, the debris fields discussed; scenes shown from the desert of the broken plane. [Virgin Galactic CEO George WHITESIDE@- calls it a tough day.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The January successful spacecraft flight designed to take people into space reviewed; Virgin Galactic video shown. [Virgin Atlantic CEO Richard BRANSON - comments on the modern spaceship while NASA used old technology & on the journey into space.] [Mojave Air & Spacecraft CEO Stuart WITT@- says "stay the course."]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Richard Quest & Miles O'Brien & former astronaut Ken Bowersox about space travel; scenes shown of the desert debris field. [BOWERSOX - talks about the potential of space travel, about an escape system.] [QUEST - says the cause of the breakup is unknown; notes Branson is not fainthearted about risk,] [O'BRIEN - talks about the reasons for a new fuel mixture; analyzes the photos of the breakup {not explosion} of the spacecraft; reviews how pilots get out without an ejection seat.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Verkammen, Paul

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