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Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes


Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Io full globe, 2001, digital ink-jet print

March 28 – May 24, 2009

The views of the solar system that one can see while standing here on Earth are often impressive, if not mind-blowing. But from the inner solar system to its outer reaches, the closer and more detailed views of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the other planets that have been achieved during the Space Age show unparalleled beauty and visions difficult to fathom. This otherworldly view, collected during 40 years of robotic space missions and then processed into breathtaking images, is the subject of Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes. This exhibition paints a rarely seen and mesmerizing portrait of our solar system's diverse worlds and their moons.

If you enjoyed visiting Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes, you'll love the space-themed movies now playing at the EcoTarium's Alden Digital Planetarium!

Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes was organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

The Worcester presentation is generously sponsored by Cole Contracting.

Three Jupiter Shots, Voyager 1 and 2,March-July 1979, digital ink-jet prints, NASA/JPL/Dr. Paul Geissler/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures

The Sun, TRACE, July 30, 1999, TRACE Project, digital ink-jet print, Stanford-Lockheed Institute for Space Research/NASA/Michael Benson, Kinetikon Pictures