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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)127.403105.771125.561151.20648.901
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.92411.21015.31616.95913.904
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5152.3653.2313.5782.933
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 59'-8° 59'-58° 20'12° 1'-20° 32'
Right ascension5h 12m18h 51m20h 0m17h 14m19h 9m
Distance from Earth (AU)126.429106.579126.176152.01049.699
One-way light time (hours)17.5214.7717.4921.076.89
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.3
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19