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CNN英语新闻:阳光动力2号开启环球之旅

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环游世界,但是不用一滴油。这是实验型飞机阳光动力2号的目标。这架飞机由太阳能提供动力。它周四从夏威夷起飞,周六晚上降落在加利福尼亚。
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AZUZ: Around the world, without a drop of gasoline. That's the goal of the experimental plane, Solar Impulse 2. It runs on solar power. It landed in California on Saturday night after taking off from Hawaii on Thursday. Though it's got the wing span of a 747, it only weighs as much as an SUV. But it also travels at about the same speed as a car, which is why it took so long to make California from Oahu.

The project whose cost is estimated at more than $100 million has had its setbacks. It took off last spring and was supposed to have circumnavigated the globe last summer, but a damaging storm, battery problems and the need for near perfect flying conditions have repeated delayed the journey.

Engineers are happy to have the project back up and running.

AZUZ: A little over 20 years ago, in the grocery store parking lot of North Carolina, an insurance worker named Harry Swimmer met a girl with a condition Cerebral Palsy. She was also deaf and unable to speak. And Swimmer had the idea that she might enjoy a pony ride at his farm.

Her positive reaction to the experience inspired Swimmer to become a certified instructor in therapeutic riding and he's today's "Character Study".

HARRY SWIMMER, CNN HERO: Every community has children with disability. One of these children have very little to look forward to.

Our farm is a sanctuary for children with special needs.

Hi, riders up.

What do you say now?

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Walk on.

SWIMMER: That's my girl.

Out here, they're part of a team. They ride together. They bonded with their horses. It is therapy for them.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I'm getting stronger and stronger.

SWIMMER: You are getting stronger and stronger.

These children come to me everyday.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: You're the best.

SWIMMER: And I love every one of them. This is their farm as much as it is mine.

Are you ready?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The fact that we're able to do this free of charge is a big deal. It's really expanded her community.

There you go.

We could put her on a horse and she can be all over the place. And within a few minutes, we can watch her body settles down, and she's suddenly the biggest thing in her environment. That's a great confidence booster.

SWIMMER: I've been extremely lucky to be able to have this program, at 86 years old. This has become my life. I don't ever want to do anything else.

 
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