Solar airplane soars to start first-ever round-the-world trip

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An effort to fly a solar-powered plane 20,000 miles around the world began Monday when the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The relatively short jaunt — just 250 miles (400km), in a 12-hour journey east to Muscat, Oman — is the first leg of a planned 12-stop global circumnavigation,...

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