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World’s largest solar-powered boat sails into Boston

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 5,000 square feet of solar panels stretch 75 feet across and 115 feet stem to stern when fully deployed.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 5,000 square feet of solar panels stretch 75 feet across and 115 feet stem to stern when fully deployed.Credit: Anthony Collins Photography for the Boston Globe

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The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar arrived in Boston this weekend for a brief stay to show off the unusual engineering and design that makes it the world’s largest solar-powered boat. The ship is on a scientific mission, led by one of the world’s leading climate scientists, traveling along the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic to gather data about the ocean and the atmosphere.

For two years the ship sailed around the world on a route close to the equator for maximum sunlight, logging more than 37,000 miles and completing the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the earth.

The PlanetSolar will allow less-experienced researchers to help collect data along the route. Sebastien Bigorre a research assistant from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, will help perform research.

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