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Today, America opened a time capsule from 1795. But what other time capsules are still out there and what are their messages for the future?
#1 Andy Warhol
The icon of Pop Art turned everyday items into art and his 612 time capsules were no different. They were packed with 300,000 items: junk-mail, paintings, fan-letters, feather boas, LPs, postage stamps, sweets, Campbell’s soup tins, toenail clippings, dead ants, and even a mummified foot. The last box was opened in 2014.
Buried under a statue of Lenin in Kamchatka, this capsule was intended to be opened in 2024. When it was opened early in 1979 it had a positive message for the Communists of the future: “We say to you, who will join us in 45 years, let your character be courageous. Let your songs be happier. Let your love be warmer. We do not feel sorry for ourselves because we are certain you will be better than us. Improve the world and yourself in the name of communism”.
#3 Space Time Capsules
Gold discs on the Voyager probes were intended to tell humanity’s story to any extraterrestrial who might chance upon it. They read: “A present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.” A board chaired by Carl Sagan selected sounds and images from earth, such as waves and birdsong, people speaking in 55 languages, drawings and mathematical calculations to make the trip to the stars.
#4 The Disney Time Castle
In 1995, this time capsule was buried under Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to celebrate their 40th anniversary. It contains photos of Disneyland, thoughts and quotes including this dedication: “To the children of the 21st century, who may unlock its contents on the 80th Anniversary of Disneyland: July 17, 2035.”
#5 Messages On The Moon
The Apollo 11 astronauts left a disc on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. It reads: “Goodwill messages from around the world brought to the Moon by the astronauts of Apollo 11, from Planet Earth — July 1969″. It includes this message from Trinidad and Tobago: “It is our earnest hope for mankind that while we gain the moon, we shall not lose the world.”
#6 Crypt of Civilization
This crypt was an attempt to preserve every aspect of life on earth. It includes microfilm of 800 books and a huge array of items including calculators, watches, soap, textiles, tin foil, hair pins, a fishing rod and a flute. The vault is 20 feet long, 10 feet high and 10 feet wide and is due to be opened on 28th May 8113AD.
To find out more, visit The International Time Capsule Society who holds a global database of time capsules.