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The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.Pilot Bertrand Piccard completed a risky, three-day flight across a great expanse of the Pacific Ocean while sleeping only 20 minutes at a time inside the plane's tiny cockpit with no heat or air conditioning and while having to keep constant contact with the Europe-based control center.Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, Saturday night following a 62-hour, nonstop solo flight from Hawaii without fuel.A month later, with better weather conditions, the plane left Nagoya in central Japan for Hawaii.The plane runs on stored energy at night.Borschberg said the plane will again take flight this week, and the next stop could be Phoenix.
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