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    First bicycle 1817 Karl von Drais - First plane flight December 17, 1903 Wright brothers This plane crossed USA without fuel, just on solar power. It can fly day and night. Taken after historic landing July 6 2013 JFK airport. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg started this project to prove how pioneering spirit and latest clean technologies can find solutions for the future. Flight across the world 2015. We have come very far and the world is still changing everyday.
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    The community has selected this image of a solar-powered plane (which crossed the United States without fuel) as the Viewer’s Choice winner for the Explore Our Changing World assignment. The future looks bright indeed with such great strides being made combining clean technologies and transportation.

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    Heidi Reardon
    Heidi Reardon

    Congratulations again Juan!  I just saw this beauty of a shot in the "Getting Your Shot" book.  I am reading the book this weekend, love it!!  Have a great Sunday!

    Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth P.

    I saw BOTH your photos in the book! You must be thrilled! Congratulations to you Juan. So well deserved!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Elizabeth P. Thank you very much Elizabeth. I appreciate your heartfelt words. Yes, I am thrilled with the book. It is so beautiful and it is an honor to have been selected to be on it. I am glad that many of us at the Your Shot is buying it. It is also an amazing source of learning. I will try very hard to read it from cover to cover as soon as possible.

    carol worrell
    carol worrell

    Congratulations Juan on the amazing achievements this photo has brought to you! You are a gifted photographer!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Victor de Vera Thank you very much Victor. I appreciate your time visiting my pictures and your comment. Where are you from?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Montserrat Daemisch Falgueras Thank you very much Montserrat. I appreciate your visit and comment. I am glad you liked this picture. Are you following the current trip of Solar Impulse around the world?

    Samy B.
    Samy B.

    No comment , it's absolutly the best picture i saw . Congratulation

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Samy B. Thank you very much Samy for stopping by and for your kind words. Are you following the Solar Impulse trip around the world now?

    Samy B.
    Samy B.

    Yoi are welcome ;-) Sure , i do ;-)

    Lídia Ramos
    Lídia Ramos

    How such a fantastic photo! I'm from Portugal, now living in England. Is this plan going to fly over any of "my" places? :)

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Lídia Ramos Thank you very much Lidia. I am glad you liked this picture. Where do you live in England? Where are you from in Portugal?

    Pan Deng
    Pan Deng

    Awesome!Simply can't take my eyes from this picture. 

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Pan Deng Thank you very much Pan. I am glad you liked this picture. The Solar Impulse plane is in China. Are you from China?

    Pan Deng
    Pan Deng

    @Juan Osorio Yeah!It's said that It will arrive in Nanjing, where I live in, this weekend. But it seems that I won't be able to witness its landing for some other business.

    I really like your photos!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Pan Deng @Juan Osorio It is very exciting Pan and also I am very sorry you are not going to be able to see this amazing plane and the people behind the project. I appreciate your visit and comment.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @salim chehab Thank you very much Salim for your visit and kindness. The Solar Impulse plane is traveling now around the world. Where are you from?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Ahmed Samir Thank you very much Ahmed for your visit and nice words. The Solar Impulse plane is now on its journey around the world on just solar energy. I was wondering if you live in any of the countries that the plane is going to visit.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @samuel g. Thank you very much Samuel. I appreciate your visit and comment. Did you know the Solar Impulse plane just started its journey around the world? Have you visited their website?

    Tejbir Singh
    Tejbir Singh

    It has landed here in Varanasi, 3 hours go but sadly the delays in Ahmedabad have caused it to leave tomorrow itself for Myanmar :( No viewing here, Juan... And already they are miffed with the administration of Ahmedabad, Piccard is not cleared to fly to Varanasi, only Borschberg... funny, ha.... Indian administrators will not mature, I guess... ruined an important moment!!!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Tejbir Singh Thank you very much Tejbir for letting me know. Why is Piccard not cleared to fly? Do the administrators have enough power to decide a pilot's right to fly?

    Tejbir Singh
    Tejbir Singh

    @Juan Osorio @Tejbir Singh The team was delayed in Ahmedabad for 5 days, so these administration guys should have cleared everything up in the meanwhile but at the last minute, it was only Borschberg who was having complete papers and, according to them, Piccard needed further signatures an all, ha! So already the flight which was to leave at 5.30 am today left at 7.30 am and so they decided to go with Borschberg alone... Piccard later followed him... sounds funny but thats that, ha! They welcomed them big time and then this hoopla... unnecessary!!!! But now they are in Varanasi, leaving for Myanmar tomorrow itself!

    Tejbir Singh
    Tejbir Singh

    @Juan Osorio @Tejbir Singh Nope! they stopped here only till 5 in morning and are already on way to Myanmar (Burma)... perhaps reached there already... no chance of going there :)

    Tejbir Singh
    Tejbir Singh

    @Juan Osorio @Tejbir Singh Not possible to go to Burma, dear Juan... I was looking forward to making a tryst here at Varanasi as I happened to be here... but it was not to be :)

    trynidada
    trynidada

    wow!, these lights above the plain, crazy!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @trynidada Thank you very much Trynidada for your visit and comment. Have you visited the Solar Impulse website?

    Avi Mediratta
    Avi Mediratta

    @Juan Osorio @Narsinh Lotliker Hi. I live in Ahmedabad and have already captured a few photographs of the Solar Impulse when at Ahmedabad Airport. Please check them out in the gallery. 


    Thanks.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Narsinh Lotliker It is very exciting that they already started their trip around the world. We will be following them close.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Narsinh Lotliker @Juan Osorio Thank you very much Narsinh for stopping by and for commenting on my image. I hope you can follow their journey around the world; and if you manage to travel to Varanasi and take pictures please upload them and share.

    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 6, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Jul 8, 2013
    Location: Rochdale Village, New York, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Focal Length: 10 mm
    Shutter Speed: 8/1 sec
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 160
    Copyright: © Juan Osorio
    Categories: Adventure, People, Space
    Assignments: Behind the Adventure, Explore Our Changing World, The Night
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