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NIST Time Capsule

Science and Technology Used Through the Years to Study, Preserve or Impact Our History

Atomic clocks, a new state of matter, digital images, forensic crime solving ... these are just a few of the scientific firsts, technical milestones and research breakthroughs with which the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made its marks on history.

But what you probably don't know is that the scientists and engineers at the nation's standards and measurement laboratory also have made it possible for us to study, preserve or impact some of the world’s most renowned historical icons. Written declarations of justice and freedom, renowned buildings and monuments, ancient relics and celebrated works of art are among the entities that NIST has helped give new meaning or purpose.

Open the NIST Time Capsule and you'll discover the stories of how NIST has made science and technology work to bring the past and present together to enrich our future.