Sponsored by the NASA REASoN Program | Office of Earth Science | 2004 - 2010


The Immersive Earth Project was a five-year, $3.1 Million project that brought together six museums, two universities and three companies to create a portable planetarium system, the "Discovery Dome" and three fulldome planetarium shows. A Rice news article about the project is available.


Houston Museum of Natural Science Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland
Louisiana Arts and Science Center in Baton Rouge Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh
Lodestar Planetarium in Albuquerque Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Elumenati, Inc. Sky-Skan


The program reached millions with its planetarium shows, software, and planetarium systems. It spawned portable planetarium development in three companies: Sky-Skan, Elumenati, and our spinoff company MTPE (doing business as ePlanetarium). The intellectual property for the products listed below have now all been transferred to MTPE and are in commercial distribution:


The project purchased two fisheye lenses to be used for photography for the planetarium shows. One of the lenses was used to train astronauts on how to take fisheye photography. It went to the ISS in 2009. Many images from that lens were used in the Future Space shows.

Discovery Dome with Shuttle trainer at JSC
ISS cupola

One of our show DVDs even went up in space with Takao Doi!

Discovery Dome Planetarium Show DVD in space on the ISS