About the Exhibit
Since people first gazed up at the stars, we have searched for answers to such
questions. When our view was limited by what our eyes could see, the sky was
our Universe. Then telescopes deepened our view, photography enhanced it, and
spectroscopy broadened it. The Universe grew from a sky of stars to a realm
of galaxies, to an expanding Universe of galaxies.
Today our view grows broader and deeper still. Digital technology shows us a
Universe that is evolving and elegant, yet in many ways still elusive. We have
no final answers to our age-old questions. Our exploration continues.
In "Explore the Universe" you will discover how new astronomical
tools-from Galileo's telescope in the early 1600s to the latest high-tech observatories
on Earth and in space-have revolutionized our understanding of the Universe.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous contributions of:
Corning Incorporated Foundation/Corning Incorporated
Nation Aeronautics and Space Administration
& the Smithsonian Special Exhibition Fund
Additional support provided by:
Analytical Graphics, Inc. and Eastman Kodak Company
The Explore The Universe exhibition was written, produced, and designed by staff
of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Web site design and production by:
Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
The following organizations also contributed photographs, video or animations
to the web site:
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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