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The Solar Impulse plane takes off from a NASA research center for cross-country trip. (5/3/13)

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    The Solar Impulse solar electric airplane sits on on the runway at Moffett Field before flying to Pheonix, Arizona, as part of a cross-country trip May 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California.
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    The Solar Impulse solar electric airplane sits on on the runway at Moffett Field before flying to Pheonix, Arizona, as part of a cross-country trip May 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California.
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    Pilot Bertrand Piccard (R) shakes hands with pilot Andre Borschberg before Piccard takes off in the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane at Moffett Field May 3, 2013
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    Pilot Bertrand Piccard runs tests before he took off in the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane at Moffett Field on May 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California.
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    Pilot Bertrand Piccard gives a thumbs up before taking off in the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane at Moffett Field on May 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California.
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    The Solar Impulse plane takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    The Solar Impulse plane takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    Pilot Bertrand Piccard speaks to reporters before taking off in the Solar Impulse plane from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    Pilot Andre Borschberg speaks to reporters as the Solar Impulse plane is prepared for takeoff from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    Reporters gather before dawn as the Solar Impulse plane prepares to takeoff from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    Members of the Solar Impulse crew place the canopy on the plane in preparation for takeoff at Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    The Solar Impulse plane takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    A member of the Solar Impulse crew rides an electric bike alongside the plane as it takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.
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    Members of the Solar Impulse crew inspect the plane before it takes off from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013.