The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Top section of the marker:
This is the planet Saturn and 4 of its largest moons at one 10-billionth actual size.
If Saturn were this big, how far away would the Sun and other planets be? Look at the map on the lower map to find your position in the solar system.
Bottom section of the marker:
Voyage to Saturn
In all the solar system, there is no sight like Saturn. Its stunning system of rings cast bands of shadows across the planet's cloudy face, while the rings themselves vanish into Saturn's night side. The ring system is wider than 20 Earths placed side-by-side but only as thick as a football field is long.
Rings of Countless Moons
What appears from Earth to be a few board rings really consists of thousands of individual "ringlets." They contain countless icy particles, most the size of dust grains but many as big as houses, each orbiting Saturn like a tiny moon.
Titan: A Moon with an Atmosphere
Saturn's largest moon, Titan has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's. Hidden beneath thick "smog" are frigid seas, lakes, and rivers of liquid ethane and methane, and windswept sand dunes rivaling Earth's Sahara Desert. Titan today may look like Earth did more than a billion years ago.
Saturn and its rings would just fit in the space between the Earth and its Moon.
Walk to Jupiter about 98 steps
Voyage is an exhibition of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution. It is designed for permanent installation in communities worldwide.
Erected 2013 by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.322′ N, 77° 1.221′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Air and Space Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T.S.C. Lowe's Observation Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Jupiter (within shouting distance of this marker); Uranus (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Asteroids and Comets (about 400 feet away); First International Manned Space Mission Mars (about 400 feet away); Earth (about 500 feet away); 320th Bomb Group (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.