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This handout picture show the experimental Solar Impulse (Credit: Getty Images)

This handout picture show the experimental Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane with Andre Borschberg onboard approaching JFK airport in New York. The experimental Solar Impulse plane, powered by the sun, completed a transcontinental trip across the United States late Saturday, touching down in New York despite a rip in the fabric of one wing. (July 6, 2013)

Solar powered plane lands in NY

The Solar Impulse left San Francisco in early May and made stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dulles before heading to Kennedy Airport. It landed at Kennedy at 11:09 p.m. on July 6, 2013, after a tear on the left wing scuttled a planned fly-by of the Statue of Liberty. The slow-flying aircraft traveled between two of the world's busiest airports and was required to take off very early in the morning and land very late at night when air traffic is at a minimum. The aircraft is powered by some 11,000 solar cells on its wings.

This handout picture show the experimental Solar Impulse
(Credit: Getty Images)

This handout picture show the experimental Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane with Andre Borschberg onboard approaching JFK airport in New York. The experimental Solar Impulse plane, powered by the sun, completed a transcontinental trip across the United States late Saturday, touching down in New York despite a rip in the fabric of one wing. (July 6, 2013)

This handout picture shows Solar Impulse Chairman and
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This handout picture shows Solar Impulse Chairman and pilot Bertrand Piccard (left) and Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg posing after Solar Impulse HB-SIA planes landed at JFK airport in New York. (July 6, 2013)

The Solar Impulse takes flight at dawn during
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The Solar Impulse takes flight at dawn during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission at Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (May 22, 2013)

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The Solar Impulse taking flight at dawn from
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The Solar Impulse taking flight at dawn from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (May 22, 2013)

Andre Borschberg, one of two pilots of the
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Andre Borschberg, one of two pilots of the Solar Impulse plane, in the cockpit of the purely solar powered plane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. (June 17, 2013)

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, talks with Bertrand
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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, talks with Bertrand Piccard, and Andre Borschberg, the pilots of the Solar Impulse plane, in front of the purely solar powered plane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. (June 17, 2013)

Andre Borschberg, one of two pilots of the
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Andre Borschberg, one of two pilots of the Solar Impulse plane is interviewed as he sits inside the cockpit of the solar powered plane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. (June 17, 2013)

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