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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)128.545106.837127.005152.83150.228
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.91811.20215.31016.95613.869
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5142.3633.2303.5772.926
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 44'-58° 39'12° 25'-20° 15'
Right ascension5h 11m18h 54m20h 6m17h 15m19h 17m
Distance from Earth (AU)129.482106.161126.518152.05149.584
One-way light time (hours)17.9514.7217.5421.086.87
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.2
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19