The sheriff’s office of Kern County, California has released information regarding the anomaly that led to the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo on Friday, October 31. Although wreckage from the aircraft was initially located over a large, several mile area northeast of the town of Mojave, Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) spokesman Ray Pruitt said today that more pieces from the spacecraft have been identified as far as 35 miles from where the majority of have been located.
Sir Richard Branson, the charismatic personality behind Virgin Galactic, originally predicted the first commercial flights into space on his craft would be early in 2009. The KCSO has asked anyone finding additional spacecraft pieces to contact its office.
By Gregory Baskin