China post office offers letters from space

Dec 02, 2011

China's post office is hoping to boost business by allowing customers to send letters postmarked from space.

Emails will be sent to a computer aboard Tiangong-1, a spacecraft currently orbiting the earth, and rerouted to a special China Space Post Office branch on the ground in Beijing, the country's space programme said on its website.

The emails will then be printed, placed in space-themed envelopes, stamped with a new galactic postmark and sent on in the mail.

The gimmick, which features China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, as head of a so-called "space post office", is the latest initiative devised by the postal service to drum up business as more and more Chinese go online.

Last year, it launched a service that allows people to send letters in sturdy envelopes to be delivered in the year 2020.

The Tiangong-1 launched in September as part of China's ambitious plans to set up a by 2020.

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Valentiinro
not rated yet Dec 02, 2011
I think the US needs more space based gimmicks to get people interested.
Msean1941
5 / 5 (1) Dec 03, 2011
When I see free material such as "Last year, it launched a service that allows people to send letters in sturdy envelopes to be delivered in the year 2020." I wish I had become a comedy writer instead of a dog walker.