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Round-the-world solar-powered flight lands in China

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Round-the-world solar-powered flight lands in China

<p>The first round-the-world flight in a solar-powered plane has landed successfully in China, completing the fifth leg of its journey.</p> <p>The fuel-free plane aims to demonstrate that flying long distances using only renewable energy is possible.</p> <p>The flight was led by Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, communicating with the mission’s control team in Monaco.</p> <p>Landing successfully in Chongqing is quite a symbol for the expedition: China is the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and the city of Chongqing is very polluted.</p> <p>The plane, called <a href="http://www.solarimpulse.com/" rel="external">Solar Impulse 2</a>, landed in Chongqing after flying from Myanmar for over 1,300 kilometres for 20 and a half hours.</p> <p>The next stop will be Nanjing in eastern China.</p> <p>It has been almost three weeks since the plane’s venture began in Abu Dhabi. </p> <p>The project expects its flight around the globe to be completed in a total of 12 legs, with a return to Abu Dhabi in a few months’ time.</p> <p>The aircraft, which took 12 years to build, is as light as a family car but has a wingspan as wide as a Boeing 747.</p>