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Five Space Travel Accidents That Shaped the Modern Era

National Transportation Safety Board inspectors with a tail section of SpaceShipTwo. Credit: National Transportation Safety Board/Wikimedia Commons View full size image This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Last week was a particularly grim one for private space flights. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert, about 150km north of Los Angeles, killing a pilot, Michael Alsbury, and seriously injuring another, Peter Siebold. Although the US National Transportation Safety Board investigation is ongoing, there have been reports the…