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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)118.56897.517114.417138.65338.536
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.96711.27315.36016.99114.251
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5242.3783.2403.5843.006
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 54'-8° 40'-57° 38'12° 26'-20° 29'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 50m20h 2m17h 13m19h 10m
Distance from Earth (AU)119.55996.719113.813137.83437.746
One-way light time (hours)16.5713.4115.7819.115.23
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.8
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19