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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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    Nitin Bindal
    Nitin Bindal

    This photo inspired me....


    congratulations...........and celebrations...

    :) :)


    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Nitin Bindal Thank you very much Nitin for your kind words. I am glad that this picture inspired you. I was inspired by the plane and the people behind the Solar Impulse plane. They are true innovators and pioneers that are making history with every flight. Please visit their website; you will be amazed. Their latest achievement is nothing short of awe-inspiring. They flew non-stop from Japan to Hawaii for 5 days and 5 nights. This set several world records in aviation and got the world closer to believe that flying without fuel is a reality hopefully, the future of aviation.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Daniel Himmelstein Thank you very much Daniel for your visit and kind words. I always encourage people to visit the website from Solar Impulse. They are making a change in the world and at the same time breaking numerous world records in aviation and technology. The last achievement was nothing less than awe-inspiring. They crossed the Pacific Ocean flying only on solar generated power during 5 days and 5 nights.

    felipe rojas
    felipe rojas

    Amazing picture! You had immortalized an excellent part of the history!

    Joanne Piccione
    Joanne Piccione

    Your amazing photo really captures the excitement of this historic journey -- well done!

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Joanne Piccione Thank you very Joanne for your visit and kind words. It is very exciting to see the Solar Impulse keeps on beating records and spreading the message that clean technologies can change the way we think about the world and about sustainable development.

    Gabrielle O.
    Gabrielle O.

    I just heard about the historic crossing from Japan to Hawaii - how exciting to be a part of history!

    ross mcclure
    ross mcclure

    Juan, Amazing pics! Are you going to be in Phoenix for the USA landing? Cheers, Ross

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @ross mcclure Thank you very much Ross. I appreciate your visit and kind words. I will not be able to go to Phoenix unfortunately.  I imagine you are aware they are already half way to Hawaii. I cannot imagine being in that small space for 5 days and five nights sleeping intermittently for 20 minutes. Absolutely mind blowing!

    ross mcclure
    ross mcclure

    As soon as SI has a departure date I will be on my way to Phoenix.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @ross mcclure Hello Ross, I wanted to let you know, but I imagine you are aware already. Solar Impulse landed successfully in Hawaii breaking numerous world records; among those, the longest solo flight ever.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Mohamed Osam Thank you very much Mohamed. I am glad you liked it. Are you aware Solar Impulse is going to break a world record in the next days/weeks? They are going to cross the Pacific Ocean which means that they will be flying non-stop without a drop of fuel for 5 days and 5 nights. You can follow them here:

    http://www.solarimpulse.com/

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @nitin mukesh soni Thank you very much Nitin. I appreciate your kind words and your visit. As always, I recommend everyone to follow the current trip around the world. Are you aware of the record they are going to break?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @nitin mukesh soni @Juan Osorio That's a fine dream Nitin. You never know. I highly recommend that you follow their incredible journey. At this time the plane is in Nagoya, Japan. Weather permitting conditions they will cross the Pacific Ocean on a 5 day trip to Hawaii. During that time, the pilot will only sleep for periods of 20 minutes. He had to train himself to self-hypnotize to control his body. It has never been done.

    Their website is:

    http://www.solarimpulse.com/

    nitin mukesh soni
    nitin mukesh soni

    @Juan Osorio @nitin mukesh soni I'am From Chhattisgarh Capital Raipur INDIA 

    i see plane only sky,in my home town near have airport many plane land but i m not see close.

    thanks a lot for share solarrimpulse link

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @nitin mukesh soni @Juan Osorio Thank you for replying Nitin. Unfortunately, after few hours the weather window closed again. They had to abort again and will be letting us know as soon as they have green light.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Anna De Simone Thank you very much Anna for your visit and comment. The Solar Impulse team is currently going around the world. Are you following them?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Anna De Simone @Juan Osorio Here is the link:

    http://www.solarimpulse.com/

    The most difficult and record breaking leg of the trip around the world was originally from Nanjing,China to Hawaii. They had to abort and landed on Japan last week. Now they are waiting for perfect conditions to re-initiate form Nagoya, Japan.

    It will take 5 days in which the pilot has to live on that small cockpit sleeping for only intervals of 20 minutes. Because the plane is so light, the wind has to be almost nothing, otherwise they will fly on reverse.


    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Anton Kaloyanchev Thank you very much Anton for stopping by and for your comment.

    Are you following the ongoing trip around the world?

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Anton Kaloyanchev @Juan Osorio I hope you can follow what is happening now. They are about to cross the Pacific ocean. 5 days non-stop to Hawaii. They had to abort for now and landed in Japan. This is going to be a world record.

    Juan Osorio
    Juan Osorio

    @Anikesh Sinha Thank you very much Anikesh. I am glad you liked this picture. Are you following the plane's journey around the world that is currently ongoing?

    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: World Without Energy, Behind the Adventure, Explore Our Changing World, The Night
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