QUOTE (ToSeek @ Jan 13 2006, 10:38 AM)
I assume that New Horizons will eventually leave the solar system. Since it's touted as the "fastest space probe ever", will it someday overtake the Voyagers. Also, is there any sort of plaque or other item for potential aliens to read, as there were with the other "interstellar" spacecraft?
This has all been discussed in early NH threads.
It will have the fastest launch, but won't catch the Voyagers, because they received greater gravity assists than NH will (Saturn, mainly).
There is no plaque dedicted to alien readership, although anyone finding the spacecraft could obviously glean a lot of information about its origin and creators. For a very long time from now, the trajectory of the craft would point unambiguously back to our solar system.