Solar plane flies across the Atlantic in historic flight

Really cool: an airplane powered only by the sun flew across the Atlantic and landed safely. This was the longest flight ever made by a solar powered plane.

Check it out: “Solar Plan Lands In Spain After Historic Atlantic Crossing”

The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands at Sevilla airport on June 23, 2016, after a 70-hour journey from New York powered only by sunlight. The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York's JFK airport early June 20, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. The round-the-world solar flight is estimated to take some 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 km with Swiss founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg landing every few days to switch between piloting and hosting public events. / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Air travel is one of our least eco-friendly methods of transportation; flights produced 770 million tons of CO2 in 2015 worldwide. Even though this plane had only two passengers and the journey took 3 days (71 hours) to get from New York to Spain, the possibilities presented are amazing. Using alternative energy, such as solar, isn’t in our future, it’s happening now—there are real, sustainable, clean methods of sourcing energy on a personal and large-scale level, and the best thing we can do for our planet is to transition towards these methods.

Okay, I’ll take a deep breath now… I get very excited about solar. But you should, too! The sun has the potential to power our entire world—but we have to start using it, now.

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