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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)129.617107.838128.360154.35551.471
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.91411.19515.30616.95213.839
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5132.3623.2293.5762.919
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination26° 1'-8° 57'-58° 46'12° 7'-20° 31'
Right ascension5h 13m18h 50m20h 0m17h 13m19h 9m
Distance from Earth (AU)129.000108.081128.474154.89451.661
One-way light time (hours)17.8814.9817.8121.477.16
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.2-15.8-18.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19