China’s latest astronauts to launch into space have landed on a series of stamps and related postal souvenirs celebrating their ongoing mission. The stamps feature the portraits of Jing and Chen. A third issue depicts the crew’s Shenzhou 11-Tiangong 2 mission patch. There is also a dated pictorial cancellation mark that includes an image of the two spacecraft docked together.
The China National Philatelic Corporation is also offering stamped envelopes — “covers” as referred to by collectors — that are adorned with photos of the taikonauts and a graphic design showing the launch of their Long March 2F rocket. The stamps and covers, which were first issued on Oct. 17, are offered individually or as sets presented in collectible folders.