Significant Science Stops 1: The Franklin Institute

Every day this week we’ll be taking a look at great places for science lovers and their family to visit. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Franklin Institute, located in Philly.

Great Scott

Just this Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Franklin Institute and captured some pictures of space exhibits. This moon rock is named Great Scott, retrieved by astronaut Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 mission. It is basalt, which suggests that it was probably ejected from the interior of the moon from a meteor 3.3 billion years ago.


This a gnomon, used on the moon be astronauts to determine the time of day and provide reference for known colors and sizes when taking pictures.

flagstaffHere is a small chunk of a 150ft, 300,000lb meteorite that fell in Flagstaff, Arizona about 50,000 years ago, is 5.5 billion years old! If that doesn’t seem like a lot, it is 500 million years older than our sun and a billion years older than Earth itself.

If you enjoyed this insight on the Franklin Institute, then come back tomorrow to see what amazing science sanctuary is filled with ginormous dinosaurs and minuscule cells.

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