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    I’m an Astrobiology fan-boy – hoping to make a career out of my passion. NASA always seemed like a pipe-dream until I took my first Astronomy class. I was very fortunate to have a renowned “Space-Cadette,” (Dr. Michael Reynolds; Dean of Science and Liberal Arts at Florida State College at Jacksonville) and Dr. Rob Martin (Geology extraordinaire) as my professors.


    The discussion below is the flicker of hope which sparked my validation in chasing this dream:

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Dear Professor;

    Today in my Astronomy class – I was blown away. We were discussing the past via light. This whole time I was under the impression that – I – Understood whats going on out there in the cosmos..but then it hit me – we can only see the past. (as you are aware) This is because of the amount of time it takes light to travel to Earth. And this hinders us – yet it also improves our understanding..all at the same time. The Andromeda Galaxy (roughly 120 million light years) can be seen as it was -120 million years ago – But not as it is today.

    (And as Dr. Martin explained today in Earth Space Science – Earth has changed a lot since then) For this reason…

    We need to escape this boundary and reliance on “light,” when we do it is my belief that we could develop a whole new understanding of life as it is in the universe. Of course there are many galaxies in which can be compared to better our understanding – But we’ve done that. Lets move forward with technology. I propose a new method of viewing the cosmos. Rather than depending on light – could it be possible (or attainable) to use dark-matter as a primary method of collecting galactic/planetary Data?

    Sincerely, Michael E. Sabbagh ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Dr. Martins Response>

    Want to blow your mind? Look up tachyons! Here is some irony: we can only see in the past, but we can only travel to the future… Dark matter is only theoretical, so good luck utilizing it!

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Proff. Martin

    Is it possible that tachyons and Dark Matter are related? Because I heard that dark matter “in theory” is constantly speeding up as well..Who knows? I looked at an article saying that if Tachyons were real we could speak with the past – (A TIME PHONE! I gotta have one.)

    They say this can be accomplished – thanks to these tachyon particles because there moving faster than light (Einstein said this lead to a paradox of causality which = TimePhone(somehow)) but these Tachyons have not been found. Even in theory its hard to prove these particles exist. Sadly, despite my inner scientist – I believe in them.

    Maybe that’s the answer to a new telescope – instead of trying to find another means of viewing – we should increase the speed at which the image gets to us…

    -Thanks for the lead; Michael E. Sabbagh

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    I think its really neat that I can peer into my email files and find this moment. What a day!

    My current focus in Astrobiology is exoplanets – I’m a bit obsessed with them. We have such limited knowledge on the subject (secretly why I’m so excited about them) and I find the method we use to find them – enticing. One could say I have a bit of a romance with these exoplanets – biding there time (completely hidden) and then…a flicker on a distant star…a new planet? I get chills typing about this planetary quest.

    If anyone would like to discuss exoplanets, new designs for imaging the cosmos, or anything Astrobiology – I implore you to email/message me.


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