TODAY   |  April 24, 2013

Solar plane takes 16-hour flight

A solar-powered plane took off from San Francisco for a 16-hour flight on Tuesday. “The Solar Impulse” is powered by 12 thousand solar cells, has the wingspan of a 747 and weighs as much as a mid-sized car.

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>>> a rare sight in the sky tuesday over san francisco , where a solar-powered plane took off for a 16-hour flight, powered by 12,000 solar cells . the solar impulse has the wingspan of a 747, weighs about as much as a mid-sized car, and it can carry one passenger. the inventor hopes to make a flight across the u.s. next month.