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Cosmic Voyage
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
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 1996 (USA theatrical release)
Running time 36 min.
Country USA
Language English

Cosmic Voyage is a 1996 short documentary 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 has been made available to private audiences by its release to DVD.



"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. The film takes viewers on a journey through forty-two orders of magnitude, beginning at a celebration in Italy to zoom to the edge of the observable universe. The view descends back to earth, and later zooms in upon a raindrop on a leaf, to the level of sub-atomic 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 Oscar Award under the category of Best Documentary Short Subject.[2]


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