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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)122.431101.127119.284144.13943.092
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.94711.24415.34016.97614.079
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5202.3723.2363.5812.970
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 58'-8° 58'-57° 47'11° 59'-20° 38'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 49m19h 58m17h 13m19h 6m
Distance from Earth (AU)121.448101.995119.963144.94543.963
One-way light time (hours)16.8314.1416.6320.096.09
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.3-16.7-16.3-15.9-18.5
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19