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Spacecraft escaping the Solar System

This page shows the current positions and other interesting data of the five spacecraft which are leaving the Solar System on escape trajectories - our first emissaries to the stars. On this scale, the nearest star to the Sun would be approximately 100 meters away, and it would take Voyager 1 about 70,000 years to cover that distance.

View from 90° above ecliptic plane
View from 10° above ecliptic plane

Pioneer 10Pioneer 11Voyager 2Voyager 1New Horizons
Distance from Sun (AU)115.89495.018111.055134.85935.356
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.98111.29415.37617.00114.395
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5272.3823.2443.5863.037
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 53'-8° 40'-57° 12'12° 24'-20° 32'
Right ascension5h 8m18h 50m20h 1m17h 13m19h 9m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.73794.489110.698134.14934.853
One-way light time (hours)16.1813.1015.3418.594.83
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.5-16.1-19.0
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19