Richard Branson on his way to Mojave Desert after Virgin Galactic rocket crashes, killing 1

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British billionaire Richard Branson is headed to California's Mojave Desert after a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

A tweet from Branson's Twitter account thanked people for their messages of support and said he was "flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team."

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Officials and witnesses say Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight. No other details were immediately available.

Branson is the founder of Virgin Galactic. The company is planning to launch space tourism flights from the quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.