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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)123.557102.179120.704145.73944.412
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94211.23615.33416.97214.035
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5192.3703.2353.5802.961
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 55'-8° 42'-58° 10'12° 26'-20° 21'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 52m20h 4m17h 14m19h 14m
Distance from Earth (AU)124.522101.445120.163144.93943.700
One-way light time (hours)17.2614.0616.6620.096.06
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.7-16.3-15.9-18.5
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19