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#1 2019-11-05 18:04:28

SpaceNut
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5 Interstaller probes where are they now

Was reminded that it would be intersting to know where the farthest out probes and where are they heading. The list is old but not all are sending back data any longer. These were designed around nuclear power in the form of rtg reactions where heat with some electrical is produced but like all nuclear devices the rate of decay is also the end of life as the fuel runs out.

Pioneer 10
Pioneer 11
Voyager 1
voyager 2
New Horizon

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voya … 14112.html

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Relative Positions of Distant Spacecraft

This graphic shows the relative positions of NASA’s most distant spacecraft in early 2011, looking at the solar system from the side. Voyager 1 is the most distant spacecraft, about 17.5 billion kilometers (10.9 billion miles) away from the sun at a northward angle. Pioneer 10, the next most distant, is about 15.4 billion kilometers (9.6 billion miles) away from the sun on the opposite side of the solar system. Voyager 2 is about 14.2 billion kilometers (8.8 billion miles) away from the sun on a southward trajectory, on the same side of the solar system as Voyager 1. Pioneer 11 is about 12.4 billion kilometers (7.8 billion miles) away from the sun. New Horizons is about 3 billion kilometers (2 billion miles) away from the sun, on its way to Pluto.

The Voyagers were built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which continues to operate both spacecraft. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate.

For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit http://www.nasa.gov/voyager and http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov .

https://www.planetary.org/multimedia/sp … paths.html

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