Voyage National Program Crystal
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education oversees the Voyage National Program, where replicas of the Voyage scale model Solar System located in front of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall in Washington, DC, are being permanently installed in communities across the U.S. The exhibition includes the Sun, planets, dwarf planets, and moons of our Solar System reproduced at one 10-billionth actual size. With the exception of the Sun, all worlds are laser-sculpted in 3D inside solid crystal block, and at a level of precision capturing their orientation in space, and the ring structure, shape and cloud features of the giant planets. The worlds are centrally located on 8.5-foot tall anodized aluminum stanchions which are placed at their correct distances from the model Sun, and which include full color high resolution storyboards in porcelain enamel. Voyage was approved for placement on the National Mall by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Photoalbums of Voyage in different communities can be found at http://voyagesolarsystem.org/photos.
The Voyage exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri, was underwritten by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a gift to the city. As part of their exhibition the Foundation commissioned
a special stanchion containing a stunning crystal with five 3D dioramas of how we humans explore beyond Earth.
To share the Voyage experience, we created a truly unique, high quality product line that captures the stunning art in the exhibition's crystal elements. Crystal Series 1 is dedicated to the worlds depicted at the one to 10-billion scale. Crystal Series 2 is dedicated to the space art contained in Kansas City's Explorers Stanchion. Illuminated crystal keychains and two sizes of crystal block showpieces displayed on illuminated bases allow you to Take the Voyage Home.
Read more about the two Crystal Series that were produced as part of the Voyage National Program:
Voyage Crystal Series 1: There Are Worlds to Explore
Voyage Crystal Series 2: How We Explore
MORE ON THE VOYAGE NATIONAL PROGRAM
On a visit to the National Mall in Washington, DC, one can see monuments of a nation—Memorials to Lincoln, Jefferson, and WWII, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and the Washington Monument. Standing among them is Voyage—a one to 10-billion scale model of our Solar System—spanning 2,000 feet from the National Air and Space Museum to the Smithsonian Castle Building.
Voyage celebrates what we know about Earth’s place in space and our ability to know it. It reveals the true nature of humanity’s existence—nearly seven billion souls occupying a tiny, fragile, beautiful world in a vast space. It uses the remarkable power of models to develop a deep conceptual understanding of our world in the context of a greater Universe.
A seamless fusion of sculpture and science education, Voyage was created in partnership with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA, and was approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and National Capital Planning Commission for permanent placement on the National Mall.
The exhibition also serves as a focal point for sustainable community-wide programming delivered through the Center's Journey through the Universe initiative. There are programs for students, teachers, families, and the public; the customized tour brochure puts the exhibition to work as a lab for inquiry-based exploration; and a suite of grade K-12 lessons places the exhibition experience within a multi-week unit on the Solar System in the classroom, and powerfully addresses National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.
Voyage is an exhibition that speaks to all humanity. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) is therefore making replicas of Voyage available for permanent installation in communities across the U.S., and soon world-wide.
You’re invited to visit our Facebook photoalbums for the Voyage exhibition in different communities:
Kansas City, Missouri, and Corpus Christi, Texas.
If you are interested in exploring permanent placement of a Voyage exhibition in your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.