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Solar Impulse 2 takes off

In the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy, Solar Impulse 2 took off from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi heading to Muscat on March 9, 2015. The takeoff of Solar Impulse 2, which was delayed due to high winds, caps 13 years of research and testing by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.

Solar Impulse 2 takes off
The Solar Impulse 2 (top L), piloted by Andre Borschberg of Switzerland, flies over Sheikh Zayed mosque after taking off from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi as it heads to Muscat, on March 9, 2015 in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using only solar power launched on March 9 in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
A live video feed of the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft is pictured on a screen at the mission control centre in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the planes take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2 will cap 13 years of research and testing by two Swiss pilots with a round-the-world trip in which it will land 12 times and last about 25 days spread over five months. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) hugs his compatriot, pilot Andre Borschberg, before flying with the Solar Impulse 2 from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi as it heads to Muscat on March 9, 2015, in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The takeoff of Solar Impulse 2, which was delayed due to high winds, would cap 13 years of research and testing by Borschberg and Piccard. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) jokes with his compatriot pilot Andre Borschberg before flying with the Solar Impulse 2 from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi as it heads to Muscat on March 9, 2015, in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The takeoff of Solar Impulse 2, which was delayed due to high winds, would cap 13 years of research and testing by Borschberg and Piccard. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Staff prepare the Solar Impulse 2 before its take off from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi towards Muscat on March 9, 2015, in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The takeoff of Solar Impulse 2, which was delayed due to high winds, would cap 13 years of research and testing by Borschberg and Piccard. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
The Solar Impulse 2 taxis on the tarmac of Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi before taking off as it heads to Muscat on March 9, 2015, in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using only solar power launched on March 9 in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Prince Albert II of Monaco (C) applauds as Solar Impulse mission director Raymond Clerc gestures the thumbs up symbol at the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the planes take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2 will cap 13 years of research and testing by two Swiss pilots with a round-the-world trip in which it will land 12 times and last about 25 days spread over five months. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Pierre Casiraghi (R), the younger son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and his partner Beatrice Borromeo, sit in the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the planes take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2 will cap 13 years of research and testing by two Swiss pilots with a round-the-world trip in which it will land 12 times and last about 25 days spread over five months. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Prince Albert II of Monaco (3rd L) and other personnel are pictured at the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the planes take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2 will cap 13 years of research and testing by two Swiss pilots with a round-the-world trip in which it will land 12 times and last about 25 days spread over five months. (AFP/Getty Images)
Solar Impulse 2 takes off
Screens are pictured as technicians work at the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the planes take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2 will cap 13 years of research and testing by two Swiss pilots with a round-the-world trip in which it will land 12 times and last about 25 days spread over five months. (AFP/Getty Images)