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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)115.31194.473110.323134.03234.659
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.98511.29915.37917.00414.430
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5282.3833.2443.5873.044
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 54'-8° 52'-56° 48'12° 4'-20° 41'
Right ascension5h 7m18h 50m19h 59m17h 14m19h 6m
Distance from Earth (AU)114.86795.216111.002134.36535.451
One-way light time (hours)15.9213.2015.3918.624.91
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