Cosmic Voyage begins on Earth, firmly grounded in human perspective, and asks a the question: Where exactly do we stand in the vastness of the cosmos? Where, between quark and quasar, is our place in space and time? Viewers depart from Venice, where Galileo first demonstrated the use of the telescope. In 26 “powers of ten” stages, ascend through our solar system and the Milky Way to the outer edges of the observable universe. Returning to Earth, enter a drop of water and descend through 16 ever-diminishing circles to the universe’s tiniest particle, a quark. The film features a “cosmic zoom” as viewers are transported across millions of years as galaxies collide, the solar system forms and life begins on a young planet Earth.

Length: 35:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1996
  • Date Released:
    August 1996
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    IMAX Corporation

  • Produced By:
    Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Cosmic Voyage Inc.
  • Executive Producer: Gwendolyn Crider
  • Producer: Jeff Marvin, Bayley Silleck
  • Director:  Bayley Silleck
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Bayley Silleck, Michael Miner
  • Cinematography:
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  David Michael Frank
  • Editor: Miroslav Janek
  • Narrator: Morgan Freeman
  • Other Credits: Funding provided by the National Science Foundation
  • Sponsors: Motorola


  • Documentary
  • Space



Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject Academy Award, 1996

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