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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)126.571104.993124.509150.02247.932
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.92711.21515.31916.96213.930
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5162.3663.2323.5782.939
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 58'-8° 45'-58° 41'12° 23'-20° 27'
Right ascension5h 13m18h 50m20h 2m17h 13m19h 9m
Distance from Earth (AU)127.192104.127123.759149.55047.012
One-way light time (hours)17.6314.4317.1520.736.52
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19