A solar plane has made history by flying all the way around the world using only the energy of the sun to power its journey.
It has taken 23 days to fly over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans,
The solo pilot Bertrand Piccard said, “I hope people will understand that it is not just a first in the history of aviation, but also a first in the history of energy.”
“All the clean technologies we use, they can be used everywhere. So we have flown 40,000km, but now it is up to other people to take it further. It is up to every person in a house to take it further, every head of state, every mayor in a city, every entrepreneur or CEO of a company.
“These technologies now can make the world much better and we have to use them, not only for the environment, but also because they are profitable and create jobs.”
Showing how important the solar plane is the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also commented on its success, “Solar Impulse has flown more than 40,000 kilometers without fuel, but with an inexhaustible supply of energy and inspiration. This is a historic day for Captain Piccard and the Solar Impulse team, but it is also a historic day for humanity.”
“You may be ending your around the world flight today, but the journey to a more sustainable world is just beginning. The Solar Impulse team is helping to pilot us to that future.”