Explore the solar system right here on campus
Check out the Memphis Voyage Solar System, one of only a few 10 billion to 1 scale
models nationwide and the first in the Mid-South region and stretches from the UofM
Art Museum to Walker Ave!
Lead Institution: Department of Physics and Materials Science at the University of
The Voyage Solar System Model will be located on our main campus along a North-South primary
walkway and will allow UM students of all majors the rare opportunity to experience
Earth’s place within our Solar System from new perspectives that inspire wonder and
awe. It will help students comprehend how small and fragile Earth is within the tremendous
breadth of our Solar System, and also how unique Earth is in its ability to provide
the resources needed to sustain life as we know it. This awareness can help students
see themselves as active participants in the Universe, making choices that matter
for the future of life on Earth. Such a perspective can motivate students to seek
more collaborative and sustainable solutions to environmental and social challenges.
The Voyage Solar System Model will be a focal point for STEM education and careers for our college
students as well as for the K-12 community. School groups from around the Mid-South
can visit our campus when they study the Solar System and gain the amazing perspective
that the Voyage experience provides. Follow-up tours, activities and discussions with UM faculty can
focus student energy on addressing the challenges that we have here on Earth, and
also provide a foundation for the continued exploration of our solar system.