Cosmic Voyage

Cosmic Voyage is a 1996 short documentary film produced in the IMAX format, directed by Bayley Silleck, produced by Jeffrey Marvin, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film was presented by the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum,[1] and played in IMAX theaters worldwide. The film is available in the DVD format.

Cosmic Voyage
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Directed byBayley Silleck
Produced byJeffrey Marvin
Bayley Silleck
Written byMichael Miner
Bayley Silleck
Narrated byMorgan Freeman
Music byDavid Michael Frank
Cosmic Voyage Inc.
Distributed byIMAX Corporation
National Air and Space Museum
Release date
Running time
36 minutes
CountryUnited States


Cosmic Voyage has a format similar to Eva Szasz's Cosmic Zoom, and Charles and Ray Eames's classic Powers of Ten educational video. All were based on the 1957 book Cosmic View by Dutch educator Kees Boeke. Cosmic Voyage takes viewers on a journey through forty-two orders of magnitude, beginning at a celebration in Venice, Italy slowly zooming out into the edge of the observable universe. Then the view descends back to earth, and later zooms in upon a raindrop on a leaf on a hoop used in the celebration mentioned earlier, down to the level of subatomic particles (quarks).

In addition, the film offers some brief insight on the Big Bang theory, black holes, and the development of our Solar System. It also simulates a journey through Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator in Chicago, where an atom collision is depicted.


Cosmic Voyage was nominated for a 1997 Academy Award under the category of Best Documentary Short Subject.[2]


  1. ^ "IMAX Audiences Embark on a Cosmic Voyage Through Time and Space". Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. June 24, 1996. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  2. ^ "Movies: Cosmic Voyage (1996)". New York Times. April 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04.

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