There Are Worlds to Explore
Illuminated Keychain 3
Saturn and Earth
at One 10-Billionth Actual Size
This is one of five illuminated keychains that together contain the 8 planets of the Solar System as they are found in the Voyage scale model Solar System exhibition, laser-sculpted in 3D at exactly one 10-billionth actual size.
This keychain (Keychain 3) contains Saturn and Earth.
As is the case for the exhibition, the highly accurate model worlds in the keychains include the oblateness of Jupiter and Saturn, the orientations in space of the planetary ring systems, and the ring structure.
The keychains have a (1.2 x 1.2 inch) crystal base in which the 3D art is laser-sculpted by Seaena—the exclusive fabricator for the Voyage exhibition. The keychains are illuminated with a LED by depressing a button, bringing the art into spectacular view, and the bright light makes the keychain fully functional to find a keyhole at night. In the photo above, the illumination is solely from the LED, and the temporary black band is being used to depress the button. The color of the metal components is chrome, but they appear gold-colored in the photo due to the low light level used to photograph the keychain with the LED on.
Each keychain includes Earth for comparison. Use your keychain as a Teachable Moment with friends and family. Ask them how big they think other planets might be compared to Earth, then pull out the answer. If you want to be a really big supporter of the Center's programs, buy all five keychains and take the Solar System home!
Relevant Education Links:
This product derives from the programs of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education whose mission is to Inspire ... then Educate. Here are some educational links that are relevant to the product, and allow you to launch your own Voyage of exploration.
Powerful Essays at the Center's Blog on the Universe
The Nature of Our Existence
The Power of Models
The National Air and Space Museum, Site of the First Voyage Exhibition
Posts at the Center's Blog on the Universe
My Really Long Drive with Jordi
Dr. Jeff's Interplanetary Travel Agency
If I Could Gift Wrap the Moon
Apples and You
Specifications and Options:
Key Chain crystal front face dimensions: 1.2 x 1.2 inches (30 mm x 30 mm)
Crystal thickness: 0.6 inches (15 mm)
Beveled edges on the crystal to prevent chipping.
Keychain Weight in gift box: 3 oz (0.1 kg); does not include packing material for shipment
and Battery Replacement: the keychain lighting is powered by three
1.55-volt silver oxide SR621SW micro-coin (also called ‘button’)
batteries commonly used in watches and small electronics, and sold in
retail stores. One set of batteries is included, and is already
installed in the keychain. A battery replacement package can be
purchased here at Store Galactica FOR 1/3 THE COST OF THE BATTERIES AT RETAIL STORES.
NOTE: for normal operation of the keychain light, replacing batteries
ALSO REQUIRES that a small plastic tube insulator be inserted in the
keychain's battery compartment. The plastic tube insert is included in
the battery replacement package at Store Galactica. Battery replacement requirements, and the need for the plastic tube insert, are found in the description of the battery replacement package.
Warranty: there is a 10-day warranty on the keychain electronics. Purchaser is responsible for shipping costs for the return of a defective unit. Store Galactica will cover shipping of a new unit back to purchaser. There is no warranty on the batteries. There is no warranty on the crystal. All product is carefully inspected and carefully packaged before shipping. Damage in transit is the responsibility of the shipper.
Customizing: you can add laser-burned custom text, and/or a web URL in the crystal for an added set up fee.
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