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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.

    Cory Richards
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    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Yogesh Kumar Thank you very much Yogesh. I appreciate your visit and comment. Have you seen the Solar Impulse plane before? Where are you from?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Murray Dunlap Thank you very much Murray for your visit and kind words. Have you visited the Solar Impulse website?

    jaydeep joshi
    jaydeep joshi

    Ya I visited and that's really amazing keep it up its really worthy effort I think very soon we all are in need of this energy

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @jaydeep joshi Thank you very much Jaydeep. I agree with you. Have you checked out the Solar Impulse website?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @jaydeep joshi I am glad that you did. It is very exciting they are going to travel all around the world on just solar energy. That will be also a historical achievement.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @nimish ramteke The new Solar Impulse plane is going to fly around the world in few weeks just on solar energy. I invite you to visit their website and be amazed.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Prabhakar Prihar I recommend that you visit the Solar Impulse website as they are preparing for the trip around the world that starts in few days.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Juan Nader Thank you very much Nader for your visit. I am not very sure If I understand your comment.

    Juan Nader
    Juan Nader

    That your photo is great and i have no words :) (the image part was a very bad joke)
    Good luck tocayo !

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Juan Nader Thank you very much Juan for you kind comment and for stopping by. Where are you from?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Juan Nader Muchas gracias tocayo. Me alegra que te haya gustado mi foto y te agradezco que visites mi galeria.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Pranav Gaikwad Please visit the Solar Impulse website so you can see the trip around the world that is starting in one month.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Kamlesh Kalsulkar Thank you very much Kamlesh for your comment and for visiting my pictures. I am glad you liked this one. Please visit the Solar Impulse website where you can see the current project that is going to take the new plane around the world just on solar power.

    Rene B. Bernal
    Rene B. Bernal

    this is really a great capture and interesting feature! good job!

    Zekarias A.
    Zekarias A.

    It is good to capture the history in picture......

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Zekarias A. Thank you Zekarias. I am glad you liked this picture. It was a historic moment indeed.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Zekarias A. This year the Solar Impulse Project is going even further. They are flying around the world just on solar power. I invite you to visit their website to see all the exciting details about how this is going to happen.

    Ruvaid Dar
    Ruvaid Dar

    Truly amazing wit serene lighting and composition 

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Ruvaid Dar Thank you very much Ruvaid. I appreciate your comment and visit to this picture.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Ruvaid Dar Please visit the website of Solar Impulse. I always recommend everyone to learn more about this fantastic adventure. They are traveling around the world this year just on solar generated power.

    Dustin Bise
    Dustin Bise

    A great image can spark my emotions easy. I have to wonder if this sort of project has real world appilcations, is it actually a solution (to which problem) or just a rich mans toy? I am not trying to be negative, just being honest to what the image makes me feel. Either way, I am sure it was a grand adventure and I am always open to embrace new technology. Cheers.

    Dustin Bise
    Dustin Bise

    To clarify, I wonder if this sort of thing is a realistic endevour from a transportation standpoint. I would love to learn more of its costs and technologic achievements. Then again, the first airplane surely could never dream of being a boeing. If nothing else, this plan spreads awarness, which may be more valuable then the technology itself.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Dustin Bise Thank you very much Dustin for your comment and for visiting my gallery. I understand your skepticism. Every milestone in humankind has been always second-guessed and doubted before it became widely accepted and widespread. What I value about the Solar Impulse project is their vision and their pioneering spirit.
    When Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg decided to embark themselves on this enterprise everybody told them it was impossible to fly an airplane on solar power alone. They never gave up and proved it was possible. 

    I imagine that NASA would have never put a man on the moon if they had stopped after critics said it was impossible, unnecessary  and very expensive.

    You might think it will be impossible to have one a day a plane or a car that uses solar power only. I am sure other would disagree.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Dustin Bise I will invite you like I always do to visit the website of Solar Impulse. You will be amazed to see that this year they are going to fly around the globe just on solar power.

    Their cause has been so compelling and their results so undeniable that companies like Google, Omega, Schindler and Bayer and people like Sir Richard Branson,  James Cameron, Erik K. Lindbergh, Buzz Aldrin, Al Gore, Hubert Reeves and Robert Swan among others have decided to be patrons of this project.

    Margo Wixsom
    Margo Wixsom

    Truly stunning color effects in the background. So many elements make this a great photo - the unusual topic, the field agent standing solemnly at the right, the starbursts of lights in the distance. What a visual delight!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Margo Wixsom Thank you very much Margo for your kind words and for visiting my pictures. It was a breathtaking experience that I will never forget.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Margo Wixsom Dear Margo, don't forget to visit the Solar Impulse's website. They are going to fly around the world this year and again just with solar power.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Vafa Nematzadeh Please visit the Solar Impulse website. You will be amazed by the magnitude of this project, by the vision and relentless work behind a dream that became a reality. They are changing the world and our future. The next project starting 2015 is to travel around the world just on solar energy.

    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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