Steve Jobs’ lost Time Capsule dug up after 30 years

Steve Jobs’ time capsule has finally been uncovered after a team from the National Geographic channel’s Diggers program brought it above ground for the first time in over 30 years.

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The time capsule, which was buried at the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983, contains various personal items including the revolutionary Lisa mouse and it was thought that it had been lost under an Aspen, Colorado field after earlier attempts to uncover it were fruitless.

"We just freaked out," George Wyant, one of the two "Diggers" hosts, told CNET last year about the moment when they found the tube. "We went crazy. Because I'd had a pit in my stomach all day, so it was like instant relief."

There were plenty of other items inside the time capsule, including a six can pack of Balantine beers, a Moody Blues tape and a Rubik’s cube, meaning it took a while to eventually uncover the mouse.

"When the end came off," "Diggers" co-host Tim Saylor told CNET, "literally things just poured out. There must be literally thousands of things in there."

The mould that had infiltrated the tube over the 30 years it has been underground had damaged many of the items in the time capsule and Jobs was savvy enough to place the mouse, and other items, in plastic bags to prevent erosion.

Organisers of the conference had originally attempted to dig up the capsule back in 2000 and were thwarted by a major landscaping project in the area that meant it couldn’t be located.

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The discovery is part of an episode of the popular National Geographic series with the premiere on 25 February featuring the Steve Jobs Time Capsule episode in the US, with no date yet set as to when UK viewers can see the programme.

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