We're doing it, but not the way you might expect. Get this.
Astronomers have pushed the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what is plausibly the most distant and ancient object in the Universe  ever seen. Its light has travelled for 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble , which corresponds to a redshift around 10. The age of the Universe is 13.7 billion years.
The dim object, called UDFj-39546284, is likely to be a compact galaxy of blue stars that existed 480 million years after the Big Bang, only four percent of the Universe’s current age. It is tiny. Over one hundred such mini-galaxies would be needed to make up our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
Remember, what they're seeing was happening 13.2 billion years ago. Our earth hasn't even been here that long.
Makes you think.