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There Are Worlds to Explore Crystal Series
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The Voyage exhibition on the National Mall, and in communities across the U.S., portrays the Solar System from the Sun to the dwarf planet Pluto at one 10-billionth actual size. The Sun, eight planets, Pluto, and 15 moons are located on appropriately spaced stanchions along a 2,000-foot (600 m) pathway. 

The task seemed pretty straightforward - construct a model Solar System along a path that would be a comfortable walk. But t
he Solar System doesn't make it easy. It's comprised of small objects in a vast space. Even the Sun is dwarfed by the space. You would need over 4,200 Suns side-by-side to span the distance between the Sun and Pluto. 

The smallest objects we wanted to depict were moons of at least 1,000 km diameter, like Tethys, Dione, Ariel, and Umbriel. The largest size to be depicted was Pluto’s average distance from the Sun, corresponding to 3.7 billion miles (6 billion km). Could we shrink the Solar System down to a comfortable walk yet still be able to see the smallest planets let alone the smallest moons?

A scale of one to 10-billion works perfectly. At this scale everything is reduced in size by a factor of 10 billion. The model Sun is 5.5 inches (13.9 cm) across, about the size of a very large grapefruit. The model Jupiter and its rings is 1 inch (2.6 cm) across, large enough to see storms on the planet's cloud tops and the delicate structure of its rings. A model of a 1,000 km diameter moon is 0.1 mm across and still visible to the human eye. Finally, the nearly 4 billion mile (6 billion km) Sun-Pluto distance scales to 2,000 feet (600 m), or a comfortable 10-minute walk.

Great! But how do you create these worlds in 3D with an accuracy allowing you to see storms and cloud bands on the giant planets, and ring systems that nearly disappear when viewed edge-on? A year-long exploration of model building techniques led us to laser-sculpting inside solid crystal - an approach whose elegance was worthy of sculpture that required approval by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and that could create highly accurate 3D structures pixel by microscopic pixel. We were honored to work with Seaena, the crystal fabricator on this project.

The There Are Worlds to Explore Crystal Series below reproduces the Voyage Sun, planets, dwarf planets, and moons as they are depicted in this remarkable exhibition, and are produced by Seaena, the fabricator for the exhibition's crystal. 

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Jupiter and Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
There Are Worlds to Explore, Jupiter and Earth Illuminated Keychain
Our Price: $19.95

An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing the planets Jupiter 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.
Saturn and Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
There Are Worlds to Explore, Saturn and Earth Illuminated Keychain
Our Price: $19.95

An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing the planets Saturn 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.
Uranus and Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
There Are Worlds to Explore, Uranus and Earth Illuminated Keychain
Our Price: $19.95

An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing the planets Uranus 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.
Neptune and Earth keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
There Are Worlds to Explore, Neptune and Earth Illuminated Keychain
Our Price: $19.95

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.
Inner Planets keychain shown illuminated with built-in LED
There Are Worlds to Explore, Inner Planets Illuminated Keychain
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An illuminated keychain in crystal and chrome containing the inner planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars 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.
Crystal sculpture with 10 worlds, shown illuminated with Medium Light Base
There Are Worlds to Explore, Medium 3D Crystal Sculpture
Our Price: $44.99

A medium-sized crystal sculpture containing 10 of the 25 worlds found in the Voyage model Solar System exhibition permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and in communities across the U.S. Eight planets and two dwarf planets are laser-sculpted in 3D inside solid crystal at one 10-billionth actual size, exactly as they appear in the Voyage exhibition. Be part of the Voyage National Program, and order a Solar System of your very own! And if you want to think really BIG, you might want to explore permanent placement of a Voyage exhibition in YOUR community!
Crystal sculpture with 25 worlds, shown illuminated with Large Light Base
There Are Worlds to Explore, Large 3D Crystal Sculpture
Our Price: $99.99

A large crystal sculpture containing all 25 worlds found in the Voyage model Solar System exhibition permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and in communities across the U.S. Eight planets, two dwarf planets, and 15 moons are laser-sculpted in 3D inside solid crystal at one 10-billionth actual size, exactly as they appear in the Voyage exhibition. Be part of the Voyage National Program, and order a Solar System of your very own! And if you want to think really BIG, you might want to explore permanent placement of a Voyage exhibition in YOUR community!