The solar system is coming to Kansas City. A scale model of it, anyway.
The exhibit, called Voyage, promises to shrink interplanetary space to the point where one foot equals 2 million miles. …
Backers believe the route, which runs along Baltimore Avenue through the Crossroads Arts District to Union Station, will create a fun, walkable connection between downtown districts and at the same time educate people, particularly schoolkids, about the vastness of space.
“What’s really exciting is that it puts the size of the planets and the sun on a scale that you can’t do in a museum,” said Jeff Goldstein of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
“The sun is the size of a large grapefruit. The home of the human race is the size of the head of a pin, and the orbit of the moon fits into a child’s hand. That’s how far we’ve been when it comes to space travel.”