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Welcome to Store Galactica, supporting the programs of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, operated by the Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

The Store Galactica Experience
We're an organization dedicated to educating the next generation, so we decided to open a very different kind of online store. We want Store Galactica to be a place where our visitors can have a learning experience, and see the depth of our commitment to education
in our products. We promise you’ll see products here that are both unique and remarkable … just like our programs. So enjoy Store Galactica (cool name, don't you think?) and look for lots of new products in 2010.

The Remarkable Programs You Support By Shopping Here

Our programs
inspire…and educate, whether it's Journey through the Universe, taking entire communities to the frontiers of science; the 3,000 teachers trained annually by our MESSENGER Educator Fellows in support of NASA's Mission to Mercury; replicas of the Voyage model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC, that we're installing in communities across the U.S.; the 4,800 kids, parents, and teachers from DC-area schools we host annually at Family Science Nights at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum; or Blog on the Universe where science education is about conceptual understanding at an emotional level. We want to ensure these programs are sustained.

Our Vision
When it comes to science education we know these programs are powerful (click on these links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), allowing audiences of all ages to gain a deeper understanding of their world in a greater universe. But there's also a pragmatic goal—we want to help ensure America has a next generation of scientists and engineers so this nation can compete successfully in the high technology marketplace of the 21st century. Simply put, we believe science education is of national strategic importance.

FOUR WAYS to Support Our Programs
We have big vision, but we also recognize vision without funding is ... hallucination. And these are tough economic times for non-profits dedicated to social need. So here is how you can help:
  • The net profit from anything you buy at this online store directly supports our programs.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation.
  • For ALL your purchases at Amazon.com, PLEASE COME HERE FIRST, and go to Amazon through our Affiliates link below. Remember to bookmark this page! And visit our Staff Picks page for Amazon products.
  • Tell friends about Store Galactica, what we're trying to do, and how they can help!



Space Shuttle in Ascent, Large 3D Crystal Sculpture Max Goes to Jupiter
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Max Goes to Jupiter by Jeffrey Bennett
A large crystal (4.7 x 3.1 x 2.4 inches) containing a highly accurate, 3D laser-sculpted Space Shuttle in ascent against the clouds. 

Commissioned for the Center's Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), the purchase of this keychain helps support thousands of grade 5-12 students designing real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first on the final two flights of the Space Shuttle (STS-134 and STS-135) and then routinely on the International Space Station.
This is the story of how Max the Dog helped humanity leap beyond the realm of the inner solar system—on a visit to explore the giant planet Jupiter and its wondrous moons.

Reading Level: Ages 5-11
Hardcover: 32 pages
Big Kid Science (2009)
ISBN-10: 0-9721819-3-8
ISBN-13: 978-0972181938

There Are Worlds to Explore, Neptune and Earth Illuminated Keychain How We Explore, Hubble Space Telescope, Large 3D Crystal Sculpture
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Neptune and Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED The Hubble Space Telescope in low Earth orbit peers into space
An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing the planets Neptune and Earth laser-sculpted in 3D—at exactly one 10-billionth actual size—as they are depicted in the Voyage scale model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC. A bright LED provides stunning illumination of the art in the crystal.

Be part of the
Voyage National Program, and put the experience of our world in a greater space right in your pocket.
In 2010, Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Hubble in Orbit
A national treasure, the Hubble Space Telescope has dramatically altered both the depth and breadth of knowledge concerning our Solar System, our galaxy, and the universe. Its images are breathtaking and humbling, and its accomplishments are known by billions of humans on planet Earth. We should take pride in the human capacity to build such an exquisite instrument of exploration. This art was originally commissioned by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for inclusion in the Explorers Stanchion of the Voyage model Solar System in Kansas City, Kansas. The Explorers Stanchion is located in front of Kansas City's historic Union Station.
This beautiful crystal sculpture captures HST in low Earth orbit, peering into the depths of space.
How We Explore, Apollo on the Moon, Large 3D Crystal Sculpture
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Crystal Sculpture replicating historic photograph taken at Apollo 15 Landing Site
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions to the Moon
Recreated in 3D inside solid crystal, the
historic photograph of astronaut James B. Irwin saluting the flag at the Apollo 15 landing site. He is standing near the Lunar Module Falcon, and in the distance, the mountain Hadley Delta
is seen rising to a height of 13,000 feet above the lunar surface. The stunning detail of the diorama is evident in the American flag. This art was originally commissioned by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for inclusion in the Explorers Stanchion of the Voyage model Solar System in Kansas City, Kansas. The Explorers Stanchion is located in front of Kansas City's historic Union Station.



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Illuminated Keychain, U.S. Space Shuttle

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Space Shuttle Over Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing a 3D laser-sculpted Space Shuttle above Earth, with cargo bay doors open and RMS arm deployed. 

Commissioned for the Center's Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), the purchase of this keychain helps support thousands of grade 5-12 students designing real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first on the final two flights of the Space Shuttle (STS-134 and STS-135) and then routinely on the International Space Station.


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