May 23, 2013 | Ling

Whenever I hop on a plane for a seaside holiday, I feel a shade of carbon footprint guilt. But in the future, my fun in the sun may be unclouded by such worthy worrying, thanks to the advent of aircraft like the Solar Impulse.

The prototype plane recently broke the distance record for solar-powered flight, travelling 1541 kilometres over 18 hours. It'll be a while before we see solar-powered passenger planes, but the future of green travel looks bright indeed.

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The Solar Impulse team will attempt to fly around the world in 2015.

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