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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)131.688109.772130.981157.30353.869
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.90511.18215.29616.94613.783
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5112.3593.2273.5752.908
Ecliptic latitude14°-38°35°
Declination26° 0'-8° 49'-59° 10'12° 20'-20° 23'
Right ascension5h 14m18h 51m20h 3m17h 14m19h 12m
Distance from Earth (AU)132.093109.048130.335157.01453.080
One-way light time (hours)18.3115.1218.0721.767.36
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.0
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19