Cosmic Voyage

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Cosmic Voyage
Cosmic Voyage Film Poster.jpeg
Directed by Bayley Silleck
Produced by Jeffrey Marvin
Bayley Silleck
Written by Michael Miner
Bayley Silleck
Narrated by Morgan Freeman
Music by David Michael Frank
Cosmic Voyage Inc.
Distributed by IMAX Corporation
National Air and Space Museum
Release date
Running time
36 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 takes on a similar format as the National Film Board of Canada's Cosmic Zoom, and IBM's classic Powers of Ten educational video. All based on the book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke. The film 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. 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, 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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