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Does the Delta v to leave the entire solar system depend on its angle to the ecliptic?

Does the delta-v requirement change depending on the angle a craft is leaving the ecliptic? If a craft were to be leaving only a few degrees above the ecliptic, would it take less delta-v than if a ...
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Have there been any spacecraft with an ecliptic Earth orbit?

Have any spacecraft (manned or unmanned) orbited the Earth in the same plane as the Sun? (Please read the question carefully. It is not an orbit centered around the Sun, nor an equatorial orbit.)
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Ecliptic reference frame for satellite orbits in JPL Horizons

I'm trying to get orbital elements for natural satellites of all the plates with respect to their system's barycenters and I don't see how it is possible that using the ecliptic as a reference plane ...
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How to (correctly) rotate this data so the Ecliptic is in the XY plane?

When plotting orbits using the Python package Skyfield, the coordinates are barycentric ICRS. This puts the center of mass of the solar system at the origin, but the $\hat{z}$ axis is tilted about 23° ...
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Is Google Earth's view from space geometrically correct?

Google maps has a new (to me) feature, and it is pretty awesome! If you start at maps.google.com, switch to Earth view, and zoom all the way out, you get a view something like the one shown below. ...
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Why would Kepler’s pointing problems be minimized if aimed within the ecliptic?

Having read a few articles on the suggested new uses for the crippled Kepler space observatory with only two out of four functioning reaction wheels, several ideas suggest that Kepler’s pointing ...
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Would leaving the ecliptic plane offer any benefit to interstellar travel?

Aside from the obvious answer of being able to easily avoid the larger bodies in the Solar System. I'm primarily curious as to the mechanics of this endeavor -- would there be any benefit to ...