It's not just Venus which is making headlines thanks to the light of the Sun.

The world's first solar-powered inter-continental flight has successfully landed in Morocco.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard and co-pilot Andre Borschberg landed late on 5 June at Rabat Sale airport after flying over the strait of Gibraltar from Madrid's Barakas airport.

The 2,500km flight lasted for more than 19 hours, and a special terminal had to be set up in Morocco for the landing.

The plane - Swiss Solar Impulse - is as large as an Airbus A340, but is lighter than a car.

It charges 400kg lithium polymer batteries during the day, and can fly after dark on the power.

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  • The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Imp

    The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse leaves its hangar on May 24, 2012 in Payerne on its first attempted intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco. Solar Impulse, piloted by Andre Borschberg, is expected to land in Madrid for a stopover before heading to Morocco without using a drop of fuel. Bertrand Piccard will pilot the second leg on to Rabat, scheduled to leave Madrid on May 28 at the earliest. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Imp

    The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off on May 24, 2012 in Payerne on its first attempted intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco. Solar Impulse, piloted by Andre Borschberg, is expected to land in Madrid for a stopover before heading to Morocco without using a drop of fuel. Bertrand Piccard will pilot the second leg on to Rabat, scheduled to leave Madrid on May 28 at the earliest. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Solar Impulse solar plane, piloted b

    The Solar Impulse solar plane, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, lands late on June 5, 2012 at Rabat Sale airport. The Swiss Solar Impulse flew across the Strait of Gibraltar from Madrid's Barajas airport on the world's first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun. The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before taking off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant. AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) gesture

    Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) gestures next to the head of the North African country's solar energy agency, Mustapha Bakkoury (C), and and his co-pilot Andre Borschberg (R) upon his arrival late on June 5, 2012 aboard the Solar Impulse solar plane at Rabat Sale airport. The Swiss Solar Impulse flew across the Strait of Gibraltar from Madrid's Barajas airport on the world's first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun. The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before taking off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant. AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) gesture

    Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) gestures next to the head of the North African country's solar energy agency, Mustapha Bakkoury, upon his arrival late on June 5, 2012 aboard the Solar Impulse solar plane at Rabat Sale airport. The Swiss Solar Impulse flew across the Strait of Gibraltar from Madrid's Barajas airport on the world's first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun. The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before taking off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant. AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Solar Impulse solar plane, piloted b

    The Solar Impulse solar plane, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, lands late on June 5, 2012 at Rabat Sale airport. The Swiss Solar Impulse flew across the Strait of Gibraltar from Madrid's Barajas airport on the world's first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun. The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before taking off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant. AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Imp

    The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off on May 24, 2012 in Payerne on its first attempted intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco. Solar Impulse, piloted by Andre Borschberg, is expected to land in Madrid for a stopover before heading to Morocco without using a drop of fuel. Bertrand Piccard will pilot the second leg on to Rabat, scheduled to leave Madrid on May 28 at the earliest. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

It flew at 5,500m and the pilots needed oxygen masks to breath in the freezing, high-altitude air.

A round-the-world flight is planned for 2014, according to the plane's designers.

"The question is not to use solar power for normal aeroplanes," Piccard told Sky.

"The question is more to demonstrate that we can achieve incredible goals, almost impossible goals, with new technologies, without fuel, just with solar energy, and raise awareness that if we can do it in the air, of course everybody can do it on the ground."

The plane will later take off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant.