An alien-hunting array intercepts a signal from Voyager 1 in interstellar space.

the NASA satellite launched 45 years ago that is currently speeding toward the solar system's outskirts,

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a recently renovated radio observatory near San Francisco, California, dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life.

On July 9, the Voyager 1 probe used 20 of its 42 dish antennas, each of which is more than 20 feet (6.1 metres) wide.

"Detecting Voyager 1, the farthest human-made object, with the refurbished Allen Telescope Array is an excellent demonstration of the telescope's capabilities."

NASA is looking into a strange glitch that has caused Voyager 1 to send back nonsense data about its position in space.

Currently located approximately 14.5 billion miles (23.3 billion kilometres) from Earth, or 156 times the distance between the sun and Earth,

NASA's Deep Space Network is still tracking Voyager 1, which is sending only 160 bits per second of data back to Earth.

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