Time capsule from 1982 found bolted to Seattle’s Space Needle

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SEATTLE -- Open it! Open it!

Construction workers renovating the Space Needle's Observation Deck discovered a 35-year-old time capsule earlier this week.

On Friday, crews cut through a wall to get to the container that was bolted to a beam on the Observation Deck.

Its contents were revealed by current and former Space Needle team members who were on hand when the time capsule was installed in 1982.

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The capsule contained historic documents, photographs, art and even a master key to all the original locks at the Space Needle.

There was even a drawing of the 55-year-old Space Needle on the outside of the capsule, done by the original architect.

The $100 million multiyear renovation of the needle focuses on preserving the icon.

The first phase of construction is expected to be finished by May 2018. It will include floor-to-ceiling glass on the restaurant and Observation Deck levels, open-air viewing with glass walls and glass benches, and the first ever rotating glass floor restaurant.

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