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Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Oman, completing the initial leg of its epic bid to become the first solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world, testing its pilots to the limit.The plane touched down in Muscat after nightfall, 13 hours and two minutes after leaving Abu Dhabi.Pilot Andre Borschberg, who was at the controls during the 400-kilometer trip, smiled and waved to his team after landing.Borschberg earlier called his wife from on board the plane, according to the live feed.Borschberg and Piccard will alternate stints flying the plane, which can hold only one person, with the aircraft able to fly on autopilot during rest breaks.The plane is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells built into wings that, at 72 meters, are longer than on a Boeing 747 and approaching those of an Airbus A380 superjumbo.
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