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The Eco 'Solar Impulse' Flies for an Impressive 26 Hours

By: Tiana Reid - Published:   Updated: Aug 15 2011 • References: nytimes & treehugger
The eco 'Solar Impulse' plane flew over Switzerland for an outstanding 26 hours and 9 minutes yesterday. When the sun went down, the solar-powered experimental aircraft used its 12,000 solar cells to keep it going.

This achievement in the latest flight of the eco 'Solar Impulse' marks a turn in the history of renewable energy. Those behind this revolutionary craft hope to one day fly around the entire world using solar energy alone. Let's make it happen!

Implications - The success of these revolutionary flights has surprised even the most seasoned of pilots. "I've been a pilot for 40 years now, but this flight has been the most incredible one of my flying career," said the flight's pilot, Doug Borschberg. When your inventive inspires that kind of exhilaration from someone in the industry, you're doing something right.

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