Relief Dome of Enceladus with Active Plumes

Creative Director: Dan Goods
Sculptor: Joby Harris
Technical Integration: Shawn Jackson
Fabricator: Fernando Escala at E Creative Group



The Enceladus Half Dome exhibited at DPS/EPSC Pasadena, 2016.

Description: a working 3D relief model of Enceladus, showing active water vapor geysers/plumes.

Cartography: The model was sculpted as close to being topographically correct as possible. The cartographic base was the Enceladus photomosaic map from the Cassini mission.

Project idea: The Half Dome was made to the request of planetary scientists working on Saturn / the Cassini Team.

Material, technique: The Enceladus Half Dome was sculpted in clay spread over a large 55” foam half dome. The clay half dome was then molded and recreated in fiberglass.  Inside the base that the model sits on are two tanks with vibrating ceramic discs inside that create a soft mist out of water. Small fans equally controlled by an automatic timer pull the mist up through ventilation tubes and out of small holes in crevices sculpted on the Enceladus model surface.

Different phases of the Dome’s construction. 

Dickert’s Moon Globe

Location:  Bonn, Germany, 1850, transported to the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (189x-190x)

Constructed by Th. Dickert. (Bonn, Germany) and JF Julius Schmidt (Athens, Greece).

Size: 19.2 feet (diameter)

Scale 1:600,000

Material: Yellow-matte plaster with 3x vertical exaggeration

Topography after Mädler


The original exhibit, in Bonn. Illustrirte Zeitung 589, Oct 14, 1854.


Source: OC Farrington: The Moon. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 1925.



Tactile Globe of the Moon

Authors: Amelia Ortiz-Gil (University of Valencia, Spain), Fernando Ballesteros (University of Valencia, Spain), and Alberto Fernández-Soto (Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain).

Note: The globe is is not a topological representation of the Moon but a kind of tactile translation of the visual image specially designed for people with vision impairments.

Contact address for requesting 3D printer files for reproducing the globe:

Dr. Amelia Ortiz-Gil
Observatorio Astronómico – Universidad de Valencia
Edifici Instituts d’Investigació.
c/ Catedrático José Beltrán,2

E- 46980 Paterna (Valencia)

Tel. +34 96 354 3745
Fax. +34 96 354 3744


Globus Luny (1970)

The globe was made using Luna and Zond  images.

The globe is exhibited at the Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow.


The far side contains ambiguous formations as well as two names that has not neen approved by IAU for these features: Kondratiuk (probably not existing as a landform) and Kibalchich (now named Herzsprung).  Mykola Kondratiuk and Yuri Kondratiuk (1900-1942 or 1897-1942 in the WGPSN Gazetteer) were early, Ukranian-born pioneers of rocketry. The name “Kondratyuk” was approved in 1970 for another, 97 km diameter crater at -15, 115E; Kibal’chich was also approved in 1970, also for another, 91 km crater at +2, -147.


Photo credit: H Hargitai