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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.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
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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
    National Geographic Photographer
    2619 comments
    Lucy Beveridge
    Lucy Beveridge

    Hi Juan!! I have voted!! I greatly admire their achievement!!

    Karen Jacobs Cook
    Karen Jacobs Cook

    Hi Juan, so happy to hear from you. Thank you for bringing to my attention concerning

    voting for The Solar Impulse Pilots. I placed my vote tonight, I will continue to do so until the end of the month.

    Victor A Mirontschuk
    Victor A Mirontschuk

    Juan thanks for the note and hope you are well too.  I have put in my vote. Hope you are enjoying this snow storm. 

    Victor A Mirontschuk
    Victor A Mirontschuk

    Got in Lat night from LV, one of the last flight to land at JFK. Got out and got some winter shots today. Stay safe.

    Andrea B.
    Andrea B.

    Wow! Such an incredible capture!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Andrea B. Thank you very much Andrea for your visit and kind words. Please vote for Solar Impulse pilots to win the adventurers of the year.

    http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/vote/borschberg-piccard/?utm_source=Supporters&utm_campaign=77d6bf0d1c-Newsletter_127_EN01_14_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fe3c4e880-77d6bf0d1c-142338225


    In my humble opinion, their vision, courage and persistence make them heroes and they deserve to win this year. Imagine flying for 5 days sleeping in cycles of only 20 minutes at a time by using meditation and controlled breathing. Their legacy will remain forever and will change the future of aviation.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sparsh Ghildiyal @Juan Osorio I imagine they were selected by the National Geographic editors to be part of the competition because of their impressive work and merit. But I am just speculating, I don't exactly how the selection is made. You can find out more about the plane and the whole trip around the world by visiting the official website of Solar Impulse.

    http://www.solarimpulse.com/

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Simone Carpaneda Thank you very much Simone. I was very fortunate to be allowed to witness this historic moment. Please visit the website of Solar Impulse. You will see many more beautiful images of this plane and will understand why this plane is going to change the world.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Sergey Garifullin Thank you very much Sergey. I am glad you liked this picture. Please visit their website. I guarantee you will be amazed!

    Lucie Gagnon
    Lucie Gagnon

    I saw a program on the journay of that plane. It was fascinating and awe inspiring. Great photograph.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Lucie Gagnon Thank you very much Lucie for liking this picture. Yes, this plane and the whole project in general is absolutely amazing. They are changing the world and they have behind the support of very important people and companies that realized how powerful this change can be. 

    Wishing you a very happy and successful New Year !!

    Diana Buzoianu
    Diana Buzoianu

    Congratulations..a great composition ..wth wonderful abstract elements. I love the effect above the wings that the slow shutter speed has created. The subject matter is also very poignant. Well done.

    If is not too much trouble i would love to hear a comment or two on my gallery..many many tanks, Diana

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Diana Buzoianu Thank you very much Diana for stopping by and for your kind words. Please visit the Solar Impulse website so you can see the amazing job these pioneers are doing to keep our planet cleaner.

    Diana Buzoianu
    Diana Buzoianu

    Wow it must've been so encouraging and a special moment ! Your photo does great justice to the project !

    Diana Buzoianu
    Diana Buzoianu

    Very impressive, inspiring and evolutionary Juan!

    I'm currently working on some renewable projects and news like this gives me hope and joy !

    Thank you for sharing !))

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Diana Buzoianu I am glad you liked it, and I am glad you are working on renewable projects. This enterprise just blows my mind. I was very honored being able to meet the pilots and whole team behind this project that will change our future.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Diana Buzoianu Thank you very much Diana. Yes, it was indeed very special. Both pilots were very kind and signed the picture for me. I also got to meet the gentleman that appears on the right side of the image. If you look at the metadata you will realize that the exposure lasted 8 seconds. He never moved during those 8 seconds while listening to the speech the pilots were given. I was very fortunate because he is very prominent on the image and should he had been blurred, it would have changed the shot mood quite dramatically, perhaps making it unusable.

    Diana Buzoianu
    Diana Buzoianu

    I agree, the plane with its sharp details and the person standing on the left gives gravitas to the photo. However all the other elements work so beautiful together, the colours especially!

    I've just joined this community at NG magazine and I'm still trying to find my way around.

    I'm wondering does every photo gets to be looked at by the editors? Nevertheless, being here has open up my creativity and coming across to such accomplished photos such as yourself is given me inspiration and desire for good photography!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Diana Buzoianu Thank you again for your kindness.

    My understanding is that every single picture uploaded to Your Shot is viewed by the editors. Imagine the task in their hands!

    Being part of this community and participating actively on the assignments will push your creativity, sense of composition and lightning to a very high levels. Your pictures are fantastic already. I am sure you will have the pleasure of seeing your work on the Daily Dozen and the Editor's Favorites.

    Diana Buzoianu
    Diana Buzoianu

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! I appreciate them very much 😊

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Maureen Ravnik Thank you very much Maureen. Please visit the Solar Impulse website; you will be amazed by this project and the pioneers that are behind it.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Mike O'Connor Thank you very much Mike for your visit and kind comment. I recommend visiting the Solar Impulse website. There you will learn about their journey around the world and their contribution to sustainable development.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Davide Zappettini Thank you very much Davide for your visit and kind comment. I don't understand the "@@@@" though. What did you mean?


    Stefan Depta
    Stefan Depta

     like that picture, check out my last work!

    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: Bright Ideas in Action, World Without Energy, Behind the Adventure, Explore Our Changing World, The Night
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