50 Year-Old Time Capsule to be Opened at Homecoming
Sept. 13, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The contents of a 50-year-old time capsule from the Mark Evans
Observatory will be unveiled during Illinois Wesleyan University’s Homecoming.
The time capsule, placed by Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman during the observatory’s 1969 dedication
ceremony, will be removed from the observatory’s wall on Monday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. It will
be opened on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:45 a.m. near the Joslin Atrium steps, east of
the Memorial Center. Current and retired physics faculty along with students and alumni
will participate in the time capsule removal. The public is also welcome to view the
Borman and his Apollo 8 crewmates James Lovell and William Anders were awarded honorary
Illinois Wesleyan doctorates during the 1969 Founders’ Day Convocation. Contemporary
news accounts stated that IWU was the first to award the crew honorary doctorates.
The Mark Evans Observatory houses an 11-inch Cassegrain telescope. It is open to the
public when classes are in session Sunday through Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. Check
the Observatory’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for the most accurate updates on viewing conditions.