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First day cover

First day cover

  • Place of origin:

    Shanghai (made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jiefang Daily Press Group

  • Museum number:

    FE.434-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This First-Day Cover was given to the V&A in summer 2007 by the Shanghai press group, Jiefang Daily. It commemorates the launch of the space shuttle Shenzhou 6, China's second manned space flight, launched on 12 October 2005, the 2nd anniversary of the launch of its predecessor, Shenzhou 5.

The space mission was carried out by astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, and among the objects that travelled with them on the spacecraft were a silk newspaper and limited copies of a commemorative First Day Cover, which the Jiefang Daily press group produced. This First Day Cover is one of the originals that travelled into space.

Physical description

First Day Cover, with image of space shuttle, and silk newspaper in space.

Place of Origin

Shanghai (made)

Date

2005 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Paper

Dimensions

Length: 22 cm, Height: 11 cm

Object history note

This silk newspaper commemorates the launch of the space shuttle Shenzhou 6, China's second manned spaceflight, launched on 12 October 2005, the 2nd anniversary of the launch of its predecessor, Shenzhou 5. The space mission was carried out by astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng

Descriptive line

Pap, China, 21st Century

Subjects depicted

Newspapers; Space shuttles

Categories

Advertising; Propaganda; Science

Collection

East Asia Collection

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