Solar Impulse takes off on epic journey across the Atlantic

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Solar Impulse 2 is the first solar plane to cross over the Atlantic Ocean.

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from New York's JFK airport early Monday Morning, headed across the Atlantic.

Early Monday morning local time, the solar powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 took off from New York City, bound for Seville, Spain.

The flight is expected to take at least 90 hours and is the fifteenth leg in a round-the-world journey that started last year in Abu Dhabi. The goal of the flight is to raise awareness about energy-efficient renewable technologies and demonstrate just how far clean technologies can take us.

Just a few hours into the flight, pilot Bertrand Piccard managed to see some amazing sights from the cockpit of the experimental aircraft.

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The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard, is pictured during take-off at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, U.S. in this handout received June 20, 2016. Christophe Chammartin, Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard, is pictured before taking off from at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, U.S. in this handout received June 20, 2016. Christophe Chammartin, Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Bertrand Piccard, Swiss pilot of solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, hugs his wife Michele before taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, U.S. in this handout received June 20, 2016. Christophe Chammartin, Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled from the hangar as it is prepares for take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland boards his solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 as he prepares to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland talks to the media before beginning preparations to fly his solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Spectators watch as Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016. 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. / AFP / TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 is seen at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 13, 2016. Solar Impulse's journey across the world is meant to promote clean energy and prove the viability of a solar-powered aircraft. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 is seen at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 13, 2016. Solar Impulse's journey across the world is meant to promote clean energy and prove the viability of a solar-powered aircraft. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this photo released by Jean Revillard/ SI2, Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard, top left, and Andre Borschberg, top right, celebrate with team members after Solar Impulse 2, the solar airplane, piloted by Borschberg, landed in New York on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at John F. Kennedy airport. The solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago in the United Arab Emirates reached a milestone Saturday, completing a trip across the United States with a Statue of Liberty fly-by before landing in New York. (Jean Revillard/ SI2 via AP)
In this photo provided by Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, June 20, 2016, on its way to Southern Spain. (Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse 2 via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo released by Jean Revillard/ SI2, solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg, approaches Manhattan as it flies near the Statue of Libery, left, in New York Saturday, June 11, 2016 shortly before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 has landed in New York City on the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage. It had left Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania late Friday. (Jean Revillard/ SI2 via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
FILE - In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Solar Impulse 2 lands at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., completing the leg of its journey from Hawaii in its attempt to circumnavigate the globe. A solar-powered airplane that landed in Oklahoma last week is headed to Ohio on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Tulsa International Airport about 5 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, with a destination of Dayton, Ohio. The flight was expected to take about 18 hours.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
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Piccard will only take short 20 minute breaks from flying over the next several days, ​when mission control in Monaco determines that conditions are calm enough to let the plane coast for a while. Piccard will be instantly awakened by alarms and special vibrations in his suit if any conditions change.

The flight across the Atlantic will be slightly shorter than the 118 hour crossing of the Pacific Ocean that Solar Impulse 2 pilot André Borschberg made last Summer.

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