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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Planet Solar Boat Turanor Leaving NYC Travels Past Roosevelt Island On East River This Afternoon - Conducting Ocean Climate Change Experiments

Image From Peter Knowlton

NBC News reports:
The world's largest solar boat, a catamaran called Tûranor, reached New York City Monday afternoon, docking at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan at about 5 p.m. New York is the boat's sixth stop in a trans-Atlantic expedition that began in March in the south of France....
Treehugger adds:
The world's largest solar boat is a catamaran named Tûranor (the name comes from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, it means Master of the Sun) operated by the PlanetSolar Expedition. They've been roaming the oceans for a couple of years, completing a record-breaking 18-month, 37,000-mile trip around the world last year. This year, the PlanetSolar crew are tracking the Gulf Stream, all the way from Miami, Florida, to Bergen in Norway, taking all kinds of water and air measurements along the way, hoping to advance the scientific understanding of this important ocean current and its impacts on the planet's climate.

This week they are stopped in New York City...
Earlier this afternoon, Peter Knowlton spotted the Planet Solar Powered Boat in the East River passing Roosevelt Island and shares these photos.

Images From Peter Knowlton

More on the Solar Powered Boat from Al-Jazeera English,

WNYC"s The Takeaway

and from Planet Solar's own web site

Planet Solar is currently here.

and you can follow its travels here.