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Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:52am
The Associated Press

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft for its maiden flight at its base in Payerne, Switzerland Monday, June 2, 2014. The aircraft is the second solar plane of the Solar Impulse project. The main goal of the project is to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft, powered only by solar energy. (AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, pool)

Read: Swiss-Made Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

Solar Impulse Andre Borschberg checks from his helicopter German test pilot Markus Scherdel steering the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during its maiden flight. (AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, pool)

The new experimental aircraft flies above the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland, early Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/, KeystoneLaurent Gillieron)

The aircraft, which was unveiled on April 9, 2014 weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meter and more than 17,000 solar cells. (AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, pool)

Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard, left, congratulates test pilot Markus Scherdel, right, after its maiden flight. (AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, pool)

The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, pool)

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands after its first flight. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, pool)

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