November 3rd, 2014
09:46 AM ET

SpaceShipTwo Disaster: 'Feathering' Problems Revealed

It could take a year to figure out what caused the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo to disintegrate in the sky, killing one co-pilot and raising questions about the future of commercial space flight.

But two new clues have emerged about what went wrong before the Friday disaster. And both involve the spacecraft's "feathering," a process used to stabilize and slow the spacecraft down toward Earth.

During feathering, two pieces on the back of the vehicle - the "feathers" - lift up perpendicular to the spaceship, making the vehicle look like it's arching its back as it descends.

But on Friday, "the feather lock-unlock lever was moved by the co-pilot from the locked position to the unlocked position" prematurely, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday night.


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November 3rd, 2014
06:18 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – November 3, 2014

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 3, 2014
Brittany Maynard, second from right, visits the Grand Canyon with her family in October. The visit was the last item on her bucket list. She ended her life under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act."
November 3rd, 2014
01:25 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 3, 2014

Republicans could be on the verge of taking over the Senate, a right-to-die advocate ends her journey, and a daredevil walks between two Chicago skyscrapers - on a tightrope and blindfolded.

It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."


Last-minute sprint: It's that time, when hundreds of politicians make a mad dash to earn your vote. At stake: All 435 seats in the House and party control in the Senate. And at this point, Republicans look like they could gain control of the Senate. But what if the Senate splits? For Vice President Joe Biden, that would be a BFD.

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