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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)120.22399.064116.502141.00340.493
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.95811.26015.35116.98414.172
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5232.3753.2383.5832.990
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 56'-57° 25'12° 2'-20° 35'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 51m20h 0m17h 14m19h 9m
Distance from Earth (AU)119.52499.958117.273141.55041.431
One-way light time (hours)16.5713.8616.2619.625.74
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.4-16.0-18.7
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19