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I came across this page which provides (mostly extrapolated) speeds of both voyagers. Assuming they are fairly accurate, any reason why the speed of Voyager 2 (5-6 km/sec) is less than that of Voyager 1 (13 km/sec).


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If you notice carefully, you'll see that their speeds away from the sun are fairly similar (7-9 km/s), and the difference is only in their speeds away from the earth. This is because of a small component of earth's motion around the sun (which is at about 30 km/s) adding to Voyager 1's motion and subtracting from Voyager 2's motion.


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