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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)116.89795.955112.315136.28136.551
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.97611.28615.37016.99714.338
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5262.3813.2423.5863.025
Ecliptic latitude14°-36°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 50'-57° 30'12° 10'-20° 50'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 46m19h 54m17h 11m18h 57m
Distance from Earth (AU)116.61995.835112.121136.55536.392
One-way light time (hours)16.1613.2815.5418.935.04
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.4-16.8-16.4-16.0-18.9
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19