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The Mission To Fly A Solar-Powered Plane Around The World

In 1999, the Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon. The journey took three weeks but he almost didn’t make it, nearly running out of fuel. That close call inspired Piccard to attempt another flight around the world--this time without relying on fossil fuels. Today he is just years away from accomplishing that dream. This time the trip won’t be in a balloon, but a plane. Piccard, and his partner, Andre Borschberg, are the first to build and fly a solar powered plane that can fly at night. The two join Diane for the hour to talk about adventure, innovation and the flying without fossil fuel.

Photo Gallery: Around The World In A Solar Aircraft

Solar Impulse Soars Above San Francisco

Solar Impulse's Madrid-Toulouse Landing

Solar Impulse Takes Off For Brussels

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