The radio telescope recorded data coming from the spacecraft for 15 minutes.
The Allen Telescope Array radio telescope, which is located in California and consists of 42 dish antennas, is designed to search for signals from a potential extraterrestrial intelligence. But this observatory managed to catch a signal from the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which has left the boundaries of the Solar System and is in interstellar space, writes Space.
Now, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is at a distance of approximately 23.3 billion km from Earth, which is 156 times more than the distance from our planet to the Sun. NASA still tracks its movement in interstellar space. The spacecraft itself has been in space for 45 years and 10 years ago left the heliosphere, a bubble of plasma created by the Sun, which surrounds our Solar System with all its objects.
The American radio telescope Allen Telescope Array, which searches for signals about potential extraterrestrials, was able to record the signal sent by Voyager 1 for 15 minutes. 20 of its 42 dish antennas with a diameter of 6 meters each picked up this signal. In a statement from the astronomers working at this radio observatory, there is no additional information about what type of data was sent to Earth.
According to scientists, the fact that the Allen Telescope Array radio telescope managed to catch a signal from the most distant space object that was created by man speaks of the incredible capabilities of the system for searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. For now, Voyager 1 continues its flight, but according to NASA forecasts, it will run out of fuel as early as 2025.
As Focus has already written, the Voyager 1 spacecraft malfunctioned and since May this year it has been sending strange signals from space.
Focus also wrote that NASA is trying to figure out the problem and extend the “life” of this space travel veteran.
Focus has already written about the Voyager-1 mission and what discoveries it managed to make within the Solar System.
But “Voyager-1” is not the only man-made object that has been plowing space for 45 years. Its companion, the Voyager 2 spacecraft, also entered interstellar space and Focus has already written about its discovery.