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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.
Virgin Galactic's first commercial spacecraft crashed Friday during a test flight over California, scattering debris over the desert and leaving at least one pilot dead, officials said. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush in the desert east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Science rocket carrying supplie to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Richard Branson's long-held dream of offering the first commercial space flights.