cosmic rays, interstellar communication, no light barrier, lifetime of mesons, ballistic theory
Proceedings XI Russian Readings Competion
Translated to English with Google Translate by Thomas E. Miles
Cosmic rays - streams of high-energy charged particles that come to Earth from outer space - represent one of nature's greatest mysteries. Scientists still cannot confidently explain where particles of such colossal energies come from in space, that their achievement is problematic even for modern powerful accelerators. There are, however, many hypotheses that cosmic rays give rise to supernova explosions, that particles are accelerated by clouds of interstellar gas, etc. However, they all require the introduction of rather complex, controversial mechanisms that are unlikely to be realized in nature. That is why the hypothesis that cosmic rays have an artificial, technogenic origin, being a product of the activities of other civilizations, has no less rights to exist. This hypothesis looks all the more natural since high-energy particles of cosmic radiation have long been compared with particles obtained in accelerators (see B. Rossi, "Cosmic rays", Moscow, 1966).