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    Solar-Powered Plane Goes Cross-Country

    AP10ThingsToSee - Solar Impulse, piloted by Andre Borschberg, takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission, at dawn, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The plane's creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel across the United States. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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    It seems that the world is inching ever closer to being the setting of a hit sci-fi novel. The latest evidence? A solar-powered aircraft is set to complete a historic cross-country trip Saturday night. The craft, called the Solar Impulse, took flight May 3 in San Francisco and set off on the final leg at 5 a.m. Saturday from Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport. It's set to land around 2 a.m. Sunday at JFK International Airport in New York City. OK, so it's not the quickest mode of transportation just yet. But they're working on it: a 'round-the-world trip for an upgraded version of the plane is already being planned for 2015.

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