Solar Plane Leaves India for Next Stop in Myanmar

March 19, 2015 5:59 AM

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A solar-powered airplane on a round-the-world journey has taken off from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and is headed for its next stop in Myanmar.

The fuel-free aircraft, called the Solar Impulse 2, is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings that recharge the plane's batteries, enabling it to fly during the day or night. The plane was expected to land in Mandalay in Myanmar later Thursday.

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