Virgin Galactic Crash Kills Pilot, Hollywood Stars Had Planned Travel On Rocket Ship

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Virgin Galactic Crash

By Michael Lewittes

Virgin Galactic Crash

(CNN)

The rocket ship that celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ashton Kutcher had planned to take into outer space crashed on Friday in California’s Mojave Desert, resulting in the death of one co-pilot and serious injuries for the other.

Virgin Galactic’s tourism rocket exploded shortly after it disengaged from the WhiteKraft jet that carried it into the air. At this point, Virgin Galactic, owned by Richard Branson, has only said the rocket ship “suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.” What precisely caused the fatal malfunction has not been stated. Weather does not seem to have been a factor for the rocket, which has successfully separated from its carrier plane during its 34 previous flights.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, in June 2013, Bieber revealed that he and his manager Scooter Braun had signed on to take one of the $250,000-a-person commercial suborbital flights that are set to travel 60 miles above Earth. Bieber had even said he wanted to “shoot a music video in space.” Meanwhile, Lady Gaga had planned to board a Virgin Galactic flight in 2015 and perform a song as part of the Zero G Colony music festival.

Gossip Cop has reached out to reps for the various stars to see if they still want to take the Virgin Galactic flights in light of Friday’s tragedy. We will update as soon as we get responses. Note: Video no longer available.

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