LOL, no I did not mean they were shooting for Dinosaurs and fell short, but it goes well with the pilot comment you made. I have to admit to a hearty chuckle over that one Makes for a funny scene in one's mind that is for sure.
No, I intended Dinosaurs as one good reason as to why man would desire looking at the past. As mentioned, I would consider if this was future humans looking at people, then social studies seem a likely option. I think there are many reasons we would want to achieve such, if it is possible. But if a space faring wormhole is possible it does not explain the anomalies pointed out on the craft for any sort of Interstellar travel. It seems by all means and descriptions, designed for terrestrial use, as we know a vehicle. I know some say "maybe Aliens use viewing decks for something beyond our understanding" and if that is the case, we have no hope of resolving any time of the tale, however, if we cannot apply what we do know, what is the point of even brining the case up if we are not allowed to apply what we do know? Is that not paramount to expecting all to sit on hands ohh and ahh over the recollection and nod thoughtfully mumbling "aliens"?
But why I insist this is not ET is because of the description of men, the size of the craft, and the description. None of it points at a space vehicle, and we can only arrive at that conclusion by not thinking about it, and figuring Aliens are too smart for us to figure out. I think that is bunkum, and that we can do better.