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Voyage in D.C. Voyage was introduced to the nation on October 17, 2001, through a unique collaboration between Challenger Center for Space Science Education,
The Smithsonian Institution
, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the one to 10-billion scale model of the Solar System stretches 600 meters—the length of six football fields—between the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Castle.

The exhibition went through the same approval process as any new installation on the National Mall, e.g., the World War II Memorial, with needed authorization by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission. The Commissions required a seamless fusion of sculpture and science education, conveying an aesthetic beauty worthy of placement on the National Mall.

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) launched the Exhibition Replication Phase in summer 2006 for communities across the nation and around the world.

But Voyage is more than just a scale model Solar System and related educational materials and programs. It grew from a team dedicated to science education in the greater context of human curiosity and exploration. The vision for Voyage was always a program big enough to impact how some appreciable percentage of the human race views their world. The approach was to design a permanent scale model Solar System exhibition and community-wide programming that could be replicated and implemented at sites world-wide. Our hope is to establish a network of 100 Voyage communities by 2012, supported with ongoing programming and resources from the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

Voyage is dedicated to all those generations of explorers that gave us our current understanding of the universe, and its educational mission is to challenge the next generation to take us where we have never been.

In writing these pages, I have tried to capture the excitement and vision of the program team, and to accurately reflect how the vision was realized. Regardless of your professional background, I think The Story section may forever change your perspective of home. The Models section will give you a deep appreciation for our commitment to science education, and will likely provide you a new way of looking at the world. The Team section is dedicated to all the men, women, and institutions that made the vision a reality.

If after reading these pages you gain a new-found excitement about the greater world, the nature of science, and the power of education, pass on the web site URL to colleagues, friends, and family. Even if your community is not interested in a Voyage program of their own, your community’s educators could likely benefit from these Voyage in DC pages. You may also want to check out from time to time the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education web site. We have lots of offerings in store for parents, students, teachers, and the public. New programs will be rolled out through mid-2007, each capable of taking entire communities to the frontiers of exploration.

Jeff Goldstein, Ph.D.
Voyage Program Director
Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
November 7, 2006, launch date of the Voyage Phase 2 Web Site

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