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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)131.320109.428130.514156.77853.442
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.90611.18515.29816.94713.793
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5122.3593.2273.5752.910
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 44'-59° 4'12° 26'-20° 16'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 53m20h 6m17h 14m19h 15m
Distance from Earth (AU)132.299108.454129.738155.98952.453
One-way light time (hours)18.3415.0317.9821.627.27
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19