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In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth

The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes.

In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Swiss pioneers Bertrrand Piccard (top left) and Andre Borschberg (top right) celebrate with the Solar Impulse team after landing in Abu Dhabi to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel on July 26, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, Solar Impulse2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard is seen prior to the landing in Abu Dhabi to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel on July 26, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard takes a selfie during the last leg of the round the world trip with Solar Impulse 2 over the Arab peninsula prior to the landing in Abu Dhabi to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel on July 25, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Andre Borschberg is seen during the fly over the pyramids prior to landing in Cairo on 13 July, 2016 in Giza, Eygpt. The 16th leg of the round-the-world-trip from Seville in Spain covered a disdance of 3700 kilometers and took almost 49 hours. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flies over the Statue of Liberty before landing at JFK airport June 11, 2016 in New York. Solar Impulse 2 landed in New York early June 11, after flying by the Statue of Liberty at the end of the US portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar powered plane 'Solar Impulse 2', piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, flys over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, after a flight from Hawaii during its circumnavigation, before landing at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View in Silicon Valley, on April 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar powered plane 'Solar Impulse 2', piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, flys over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, after a flight from Hawaii during its circumnavigation, before landing at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View in Silicon Valley, on April 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane piloted by Bertrant Piccard, starts the day's journey bound for Ahmedabad, India March 10, 2015 over Muscat, Oman. With this 15:20-hour flight, Piccard set a new world record for solar distance flight with 1486 kilometers. The trip continues on March 16. The 35,000km journey is expected to last five months and is piloted by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane, lands with pilot Andre Boschberg at the helm to finish the first day of an historic round-the-world journey that began in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on March 09, 2015 in Muscat, Oman. The 35,000km journey is expected to last five months and is piloted by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse 2, Solar Impulse2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard lands in Abu Dhabi to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel on July 26, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
This handout image supplied by Jean Revillard, shows an image shot by the pilot Bertrand Piccard of Solar Impulse2 during the flight over the Red Sea during the last leg of the round the World trip prior to the landing in Abu Dhabi to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel on July 23, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 42,000 km journey was completed in 17-stages across four continents. The Solar Impulse 2 is equipped with 17,000 solar cells, has a wingspan of 72 metres, and yet weighs just over 2 tonnes. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
Solar Impulse founders and co- pilots Bertrand Piccard (L) and Andre Borschberg celebrate their arrival at JFK airport with a Moet & Chandon Gold Jeroboam on June 11, 2016 in New York City. (Getty Images for Moet)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard piloting Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), a solar-pwoered plane, which landed at Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma, on May 12, 2016 at 11:15pm local time (UTC-5) after taking off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Arizona, the same morning at 3:05am local time (UTC-7). The flight took 18 hours 10 minutes and 975.55 miles (1'570 km) at a maximum altitude of 22'000 feet (6'706 m) and average speed of 53.68 mph (86.40 km/h). Alternate pilot Andre Boschberg of Switzerland will be the pilot of the next leg. (Solar Impulse2 via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image supplied by Solar Impulse 2/GNR, 'Solar Impulse 2', a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss Bertrant Piccard, is seen in the air after successfully taking off from Kalaeloa Airport, on April 21, 2016 in O'ahu, Hawaii. The Solar Impulse 2 is bound for a non-stop, three day flight expected to cover about 2,336 miles to San Francisco. (Solar Impulse 2/GNR via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
In this handout image provided by Global Newsroom, picture shows Yasemine Borschberg waving a Japanese flag as Solar Impulse 2, a solar power plane, is taking off from Nagoya Komaki airport tonight at 3:03 am on June 29, 2015 with her husband Andre Borschberg as the pilot. The plane is en route to Hawaii after spending an unscheduled four-week stopover due to bad weather. The 5-day flight to Hawaii will be the eighth and longest of the pioneering plane's 35,000-kilometer journey. (SI2/Global Newsroom via Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
A ground crew member (R) is walks near the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 at a mobile hanger at Nagoya airport in Nagoya on June 3, 2015. The record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 landed safely in Nagoya, Japan late on June 1 on an unscheduled stop caused by bad weather over the Pacific. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
In focus: Solar Impulse 2 completes circumnavigation of the earth
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard stands in front of solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft prior to a test flight on November 13, 2014 in Payerne. Piccard conducted one of the last test flights. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)