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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)130.273108.450129.190155.28952.231
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.91111.19115.30316.95013.821
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5132.3613.2283.5762.915
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 57'-8° 58'-58° 29'12° 4'-20° 21'
Right ascension5h 10m18h 53m20h 4m17h 16m19h 15m
Distance from Earth (AU)129.583109.343129.947155.82953.172
One-way light time (hours)17.9615.1618.0121.607.37
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.1-16.5-16.1-15.7-18.1
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19