我设计了一个量子机械来让我们看到地球过去的样子,我该如何让NASA去制造它?I designed a telescope that uses quantum mechanics to let us see Earth as it was in the past. How do I get NASA to build it?


That. Is. Awesome!

You might start, though, by spelling “Quantom” correctly in your diagram.

不过,您可能首先要在图表中正确拼写“ Quantom”。


Next, write down carefully and coherently how your neutrino storage tanks work. Since neutrinos have no charge or magnetic moment and can pass through entire planets without interacting with ordinary matter, your neutrino confinement breakthrough, once demonstrated, will certainly win you the Nobel Prize, and likely make you hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps quickly enough to pay for your telescope within your lifetime.


Of course…that neutrino mirror. You’re going to need to explain how that works, how it’s going to reflect light (since neutrinos don’t really interact with light much either) and how you propose to set it up. The diagram mentions quantum entanglement, but there is no known way to entangle particles that are not in contact with one another. In fact, if you can pull that off, that’s a Nobel Prize right there for sure!


So…yeah…that’s kind of an issue. It’s not clear how entangling a huge mass of neutrons, then transporting them 5,000 lights years away, then assembling them into a mirror…is really going to help you. I mean, do you think that’s really far enough? We kind of have records that far back. I’d really like to see the flight mechanics of pteranodons myself, but whatever, it’s your project.


On the other hand, maybe you should start small and build your neutrino mirror like, a light week away and see if you can read some of the Tweets Trump has deleted since then. I mean, it would be a bummer to spend that kind of money and wait literally longer than civilization has been here just to find out you screwed up the focus or something like on the Hubble.


In fact, that’s probably the way to go anyway. 5,000 light years is a long, long, long way. Even if we had a perfectly ordinary glass mirror out there a hundred times the size of a solar system, we still couldn’t see the Earth in it’s reflection. The largest telescopes in the world today can’t see the Apollo landers left on the moon fifty years ago, and the moon is only 1.5 light seconds away.

实际上,这种方法也很有可能就是我们寻找的那种方法。 5,000光年是很长很长的。即使我们有一个非常正的玻璃镜面,它是太阳系大小的一百倍,我们仍然看不到地球的反射。当今世界上最大的望远镜无法看到五十年前遗留在月球上的阿波罗着陆器,而它距月球只有1.5光秒。

These same telescopes can only detect planets orbiting stars a few hundred light years away by inference…by looking for the slight dimming when a planet crosses in front of the star and things like that. So even if you had a giant neutrino mirror out there right now, and a giant optical telescope here looking at it, it would be hard to detect the Earth (even knowing where to look) much less see anything useful on it.


But don’t give up. Heck, you’ve got about twelve ideas here that could win you the Nobel Prize if you could make any of them work. If you keep looking, you might come up with something slightly more practical, but just as awesome. I mean, we actually can use science to learn a lot about the past. Artifacts go back thousands of years. Tree ring series go back 12,000 years. Ice cores go back millions of years. Fossils and geologic evidence can go back billions.


We may not have an easy time viewer, but we can tell a crap ton about the world, its past, and its future, if we know how to look.


So keep looking.

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