China Announces ‘Extraterrestrial Post Office’

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China's national 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 spacecraft currently orbiting the earth, and rerouted to a special China Space Post Office branch on the ground in Beijing, the country's space program announced on its website.

The emails will be printed, placed in space-themed envelopes, stamped with a new galactic postmark and sent on in the mail. The service, which features China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, as head of the "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, China's postal service allowed people to send letters in sturdy envelopes to be delivered in the year 2020.

The Daily Galaxy via economictimes.indiatimes.com

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