Five spacecraft are currently traveling fast enough to escape the gravitational pull of the Sun (Voyagers 1 and 2, Pioneers 10 and 11, and New Horizons). It will take a while, but all five will eventually wander within our galaxy as humanity’s first ambassadors to the stars. In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, planetary scientist Jim Zimbelman will review the missions of all five spacecraft and discuss how far they are from the Sun and where they are headed.
Planning to attend in-person? Meet in the Exploring the Planets gallery.
Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.