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From: Shady Side, Md
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 12-05-2013 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am trying to get information on the sheet shown below. It has cancels on the front and back which I needed translated.


Any information would be appreciated.

John Macco
Space Unit #1457

Antoni RIGO

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From: Palma de Mallorca, Is. Baleares - SPAIN
Registered: Aug 2013

posted 12-06-2013 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, I am not an expert in Chinese space items but I will try to help you according what I can see in the image posted and as long I know.

The sheet shows a 80 Fen (0.8 Yuan) stamp, which is normally used in 2005 year although I don't know if this belongs to a correct postage rate for domestic letters inside China.

About the three postmarks in the front and another one in the reverse side:

  1. Left: "Space flown" Jiuquan 27 MPO dated 2005.09.09.
  2. Right: 2005.10.12 Jiuquan pictorical pmk.
  3. Below, in between: 2005.10.17 Siziwang Inner Mongolia.
  4. Reverse: 2005.10.19 I think Beijing, (former name Pekin).
All the dates are in relation to Shenzhou 6 mission, launched from Jiuquan Space Launch Center (JSLC) on 2005.10.12 by a CZ-2F (Chang Zeng translates as Long March) bearing two taikonauts: Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng.
Shenzhou 6 landed in Mongolia desert on 2005.10.17.

So, both dates are marking launch and landing of Shenzhou 6.

But, what about the other two?

  • 2005.09.09 "space flown" Jiuquan 27 MPO could be the date that philatelic material like this sheet was packaged and put in clean storage ready to enter in capsule to flown.
  • 2005.10.19 could be the date that package was opened after returning from space flight.
However, a very important remark about this "space flown" Jiuquan 27 MPO.

All really Chinese space flown items bear always this postmark, but not all the items with this postmark were finally flown, i.e., there are in the market covers/cards/sheets with this postmark that are unflown items. Please, see the cover below.

2004.08.18 "Space flown" Jiuquan 27 MPO and 2004.08.18 Beijing.

This cover maybe was prepared to flown onboard 20th recovery satellite which was launched from JSLC on 2004.09.27. However this cover was NOT FLOWN.

Normally items really flown are marked with a dry seal and accompanied by a notarial certificate.

In my opinion this is an unflown item by two reasons:

  1. Not dry seal appears.
  2. Flown items never show launch and/or landing postmarks (because were sealed in advance launching and opened after returning).
This sheet seems a souvenir item marking all the important dates for Shenzhou 6 (package date, launch, landing and unpackage date).

Finally, BITTT stands for Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology.


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posted 12-06-2013 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Antoni- Thank you for your very informative post about my sheet. Your information gives me a better understanding about the sheet.

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