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World’s largest solar-powered boat stops in Boston

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar on an Atlantic expedition

Bigger, fancier ships have plied these waters. But rarely has Boston Harbor seen a craft as unusual as this: a boat entirely powered by the sun, a catamaran with a flight deck of more than 500 solar panels, capable of sailing around the world completely under its own power.

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar arrived in Boston over the 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 depths of the ocean and its interactions with the atmosphere.

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