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Circling The Globe in a Solar-Powered Plane

Some dreams are so fantastic, it takes an unprecedented bid for adventure and glory to see them blossom to fruition.

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Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, captivated by the spirit of great expeditions of the past, partnered to make the first flight across the world in a solar-powered plane that produces no pollution.

Storing solar energy in batteries, the Solar Impulse is capable of staying aloft indefinitely. Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered aircraft equipped with more than 17,000 solar cells that weighs only 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 235 ft.

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The journey took a very long time—505 days to fly 26,000 miles (42,000 km) at an average speed of about 45 mph However, as Piccard and Borschberg learned, this didn’t make the adventure easy — or require any less intrepid heroism from the co-pilots.