If you've ever wondered what it would be like to explore the eye, navigate through the brain or hang on as blood surges past you from the heart's valves, this fantastic voyage for you. You'll travel through a cell, into the nucleus, and watch as a virus attacks.

In MICROCOSM an armada of nanoshells, displayed as yellow submarines, sets out in the blood stream, through the eye, ear and brain, in search of a deadly virus. The virus is found, a fierce battle wages over the Planetarium dome, and the patient is saved.

MICROCOSM uses the latest discoveries of nanoscale science to create a voyage that is realistic and possible for inner space probes only a few nanometers wide. The experience is incredible, but so is the technology that has made imaging at this scale a reality. Audiences learn about using superconductors to measure magnetic fields outside the body and about deploying gold nanoshells to the sites of tumors or infections. This nanoshell science segment makes the HMNS version of this show different from the version from Evans & Sutherland.

It's an adventure to 'inner space,' rather than outer space. Humans have experienced how far it is to the moon. And now, thanks to more Houston scientists, we can reach the genetic code inside our cells, a journey equal in scale to a trip to the moon at eight orders of magnitude.

MICROCOSM is produced in conjunction with Evans & Sutherland Corporation with collaboration and support from the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University, and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.

This show has been updated and is now available as THE BODY CODE.

Music & Score by Shai Fishman -
Sound effects and post production: Fish-i Studios -


virtual voyage through the human body

general audiences, grades 4+

17 min



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