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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)125.442103.940123.084148.41846.616
Speed relative to Sun (km/s)11.93311.22315.32516.96613.968
Speed relative to Sun (AU/year)2.5172.3673.2333.5792.946
Ecliptic latitude14°-37°35°
Declination25° 56'-8° 54'-58° 0'12° 8'-20° 23'
Right ascension5h 9m18h 53m20h 4m17h 15m19h 15m
Distance from Earth (AU)125.156104.574123.671148.62147.317
One-way light time (hours)17.3514.5017.1420.606.56
Brightness of Sun from spacecraft (Magnitude)-16.2-16.6-16.2-15.8-18.4
Spacecraft still functioning?nonoyesyesyes
Launch date1972-Mar-031973-Apr-061977-Aug-201977-Sep-052006-Jan-19