The sun is long gone, and the countdown to dawn is ticking away. The crowds of press and crew have dwindled to a minimum at the Payerne airfield. I am one of a handful of people awake and alert during this event. A photographer once told me the key to a good picture is timing. “You just need to be there,” he said. That is also true of journalism. At 1 a.m. I was allowed into the sacred heart of this Solar Impulse project to interview pilot Andre Borschberg. I and a French journalist were the only two allowed into the control room, and the interviews were broadcast at solarimpulse.com.