Benjamin Franklin’s earliest known printing work, which he produced at age 17, is now on view at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more: [ Nyti.ms Link ] #FranklinFriday

For Ben Franklin’s Birthday, His First Piece of Printing Reappears

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Happy Birthday to Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, shown here contemplating the “magnificent desolation” of the Moon while setting up some experiments to study the lunar surface. Aldrin was born on this day in 1930. [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

IMAGE: Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012) | Buzz Aldrin Deploys Apollo 11 Experiments | 1969 | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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NASA’s Curiosity rover recently photographed what scientists believe may be evidence of drying mud cracks on Mars’ surface adding additional evidence for the idea that Mars may have once been a wetter planet. Learn more: [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

IMAGE: Possible Mud Cracks Preserved in Martian Rock | 2017 | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Celebrate Mardi Gras with The Franklin Institute at the second event in our 21+ Science After Hours series for 2017 on February 28. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Science After Hours: Mardi Gras

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Join us on February 9, 2017 for the next event in our Night Skies in the Observatory astronomy series. If conditions are right, we should be able to view several different planets from our rooftop telescopes. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Night Skies in the Observatory

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Happy Museum Selfie Day from all of us here at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Be sure to share your best selfies from our museum in the comments. [ Bit.ly Link ] #MuseumSelfie
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Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 311th birthday with our comic series "Benjamin Franklin: The Original Hipster." [ Bit.ly Link ]

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If you could pose one question to our favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin, what would it be? [ Bit.ly Link ]

On Benjamin Franklin’s 311th Birthday, join us for a live look into the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial housed within The Franklin Institute. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Happy Birthday to our namesake and one of the most influential thinkers of world history, Benjamin Franklin.

Today would have been Franklin’s 311th Birthday. His numerous accomplishments in his career stretched from politics and diplomacy to science and engineering. The Franklin Institute is home to The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, which includes a towering statue of the founding...
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We are saddened to hear that Apollo 17 Astronaut Eugene Cernan has passed away at the age of 82. Cernan, the final human up to this point to have been on another celestial body, noted as he left the lunar surface in December of 1972, "As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come - but we believe not too long into the future - I'd like to just (say) what I believe...
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How are humans changing the face of the Earth? These images show the impact we are having on our environment. [ Bit.ly Link ]

15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet

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“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [ Onforb.es Link ]

IMAGE: DNA Sequence | 2014 | United States Department of Energy
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It takes the planet Neptune takes over 164 Earth years to complete one orbit around the sun. [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

IMAGE: Full-Disk Neptune | 1989 | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Roar through Jurassic World: The Exhibition after dark during our evening hours daily from 5 pm through 8 pm. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Learn more about our popular Discovery Camp programs at the Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family School & Camp Fair on Sunday, January 22 from 12 pm to 3 pm being held here at The Franklin Institute. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Philly School & Camp Fair at The Franklin Institute

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Join us this coming Monday for special programming celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at The Franklin Institute

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Experience one of NASA’s most important astronaut training facilities, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center in Houston, using virtual reality with The Franklin Institute’s mobile app, available now for iPhone and Android. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Benjamin Franklin was born in the city of Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706 as one of the seventeen children of Josiah Franklin. His birthplace is now marked with a bust and the words “Birthplace of Franklin” and is located on Milk Street. This coming Tuesday will mark our namesake’s 311th Birthday [ Bit.ly Link ] #FranklinFriday
Does your child love science? At our Camp-In program, the fun doesn’t stop when The Institute closes. Pack your sleeping bag and prepare for an unforgettable overnight adventure for children ages 6 through 13. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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NASA recently announced that astronaut Jeanette Epps will join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018 as the first African American to serve on an expedition to the orbiting laboratory. Learn more: [ On.mash.to Link ]

IMAGE: Robert Markowitz | Jeanette Epps Gets Help Donning Training Spacesuit | 2014 | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration