Solar

Experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse 2',

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The experimental aircraft “Solar Impulse 2″, HB-SIB, during solar generator tests at an air base in Payerne, Switzerland, on Monday. The project aims to achieve the first circumnavigation of the world with an aircraft powered only by solar energy.

Solar Impulse, piloted by AndrÈ Borschberg, takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission, at dawn, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The solar powered aircraft is scheduled to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday May 23. The plane's creators, Bertrand Piccard and Borschberg, said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Solar Impulse, piloted by André Borschberg, takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission at dawn on Wednesday from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Read more

A man look up at a starry night at Kielder Water, Northumberland.

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Stargazer delight: a man takes in the beautiful spectacle of the unusually clear night sky over Kielder Water, Northumberland, northeast England, on Tuesday Read more