It appears as though some of our readers have gotten a surprise in the mail today in the form of a letter from Captain "Coop" Cooper and The Rocketpoppeteers! I've included screenshots, thanks to Charlie, and I've transcribed the text below in case you can't read it on the screenshot. Thanks again for posting these in the comments, at the moment nothing seems to strike as "hidden" or "significant" in the letter.

Dear, .......................

Welcome to the Rocket Poppeteers Astronaut Program!

Rocket Poppeteers is looking for the best and brightest to help Captain "Coop" Cooper with his biggest space adventure ever!!!

Do you want to join the fight to protect outer space? Do you have what it takes to become a certified Rocket Poppeteers Astronaut? Just like Captain "Coop" Cooper, Rocket Poppeteers Astronauts are strong and courageous. Only the most brave, true, and loyal candidates will be able to succeed. Are you ready to begin?

Remember, kids: Real Spacemen Love Rocket Poppeteers!!!

Below the jump are pictures of the front and back of the envelope that the letter came in.

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172 Responses to “Mailed Responses From The Rocket Poppeteers”

  1. Vic227 says:

    Has anybody tried re-emailing capt. Cooper but this time including the name you got from the letter? I didnt get mine yet but i think its worth a try because now youre a poppeteer. And include the number of stars i guess

  2. lane says:

    i dont know if i misread your post, but your supposed to put your astronaut name as something like CAPTAIN COOP COOPER, or in my case SPACELANE. not just a regular name.

  3. Vic227 says:

    @lane i know what you mean ( i screwed that up-_-) what i mean is that now that everybody is getting a letter, re email capt cooper saying who you are ( what ever name you have on the letter) because now that youre a poppeteer he will probably answer back with a better response than : capt cooper is fighting. Join the rocket poppeteers.

    Atleast give it a try

  4. Taylor says:

    The watermark on my letter seems to say
    Colors – Textures
    Southworth (in a box, with a fancy logo to the left of it)

    25% Cotton Fiber


  5. Taylor says:

    This doesn’t seem to link to the viral campaign, by the way:

  6. Taylor says:

    (sorry to keep comment spamming, this is the last one)

    I just emailed “” saying innocently enough:

    “Hey Coop!
    I got your letter in the mail today, and I was wondering what I have to do to prove myself as a rocket poppeteer!
    – Vectorman”

    But I got back (immediately too)
    “Sorry, kids!!! Captain “Coop” Cooper is out battling The Red Cozmo!
    Become a certified Rocket Poppeteer Astronaut and join the race to
    outer space!”

    I’m trying to decode a way into the next step for becoming a “certified” poppeteer

  7. Anon says:

    @Taylor, there is slot of discussion about the watermark over at unfiction as well as the fact that Josh made mention in a blog about working in a paper industry. The Sorhworth company is real and has been operTing for many years.

  8. Water mark says:

    The watermark reads

    “Sothworth colors and texture collection.

    .25% cotton fiber


    Look here.

    Looks like the letter is the “toast” texture.
    The watermark may not have anything to do with the viral at all.

  9. edub says:

    a friend of mine suggested that we should put the craigslist item numbers into the pdp-11 simulator. i tried a few. but i was unsuccessful. maybe someone with sum know how can do a better job.

  10. CzM says:

    I just got my letter yesterday!! Would have posted sooner but I was working all night. Okay so many of you had the same idea that I had which was to count every single star on the page.

    Some have suggested counting the ones on the envelope as well, but I am sticking to the letter since thats what is indicated in the challenge.

    Now I am counting 23 stars in the RP logo, but some are getting 22. I am counting 6 in the group of stars to the right of the little boy’s hand. Its really small and just underneath the moon. Does anyone else see this or is it just me?

  11. CzM says:

    Okay, so I e-mailed my star count to and I got the “red cozmo” message again, which makes me wonder if I should mail the answer to the challenge back to the p.o. box address. I am going to give this a shot. I would say its safe to assume that we have been inducted into the astronaut program for now because the the letter opens with “Welcome..”, so I would keep my eye on my mailbox for any further mailings.

  12. Dylan says:

    so i sent the number of stars on the page back to the
    email and people say that you get the same email about captain coop in space but i checked twice i got it once when i emailed to check what would happen and the second time the number of stars but no email back is it just a coincedence or somting else

  13. Cpl Brunner says:

    Don’t forget 50 stars on the flag…

  14. Cpl Brunner says:

    67 stars by my count, I probably missed some though. lol

  15. Cpl Brunner says:

    Ok, I gotta start looking at the older posts before posting.

  16. IJustGotBetter says:

    Let’s not forget:
    The stars on the RP Logo
    The stars on the US Flag (which, duh, is 48)
    The Space Challenge Star

    Damn it this is the hardest Space Challenge I ever got lol

  17. Super8Fan says:


    I don’t think Captain Cooper wanted you to take the challenge literally…

  18. Bluebawlsguar says:

    and it’s fifty stars on the flag you dummy
    Alaska (My state) is 49th
    and Hawaii is 50th

  19. IJustGotBetter says:

    I know lol, i was just joking.

  20. Will says:

    Remember, guys. There are stars on the back of the envelope.

  21. IJustGotBetter says:

    it only said the stars on the page only.

  22. Daniel says:

    Low the Gamma of the second picture and you will get this result
    maybe we should look for hex colors

  23. missriddler says:

    I emailed my response to the “Space Challenge” as 139….
    Flag on Coop’s sleeve
    Star containing text at bottom right
    Small stars in Rocket Poppeteers logo
    Stars dotted around the page
    Flag on the rocket
    …received the auto response.
    Hopefully we’re now registered on a mailing list?

  24. Juno18 says:

    i just mailed the hooklineandminker and i hope i get a response

  25. Mason says:

    does everyone who got the letter have some kind of smudge on the back of the envelope?? mine kind of looks like letters…

  26. hack says:

    you said there are two american flags.. the first on is on captain cooper’s right arm and where’s the other flag?

  27. white ape says:

    so have people considered the definiton of the word star…
    captain coop cooper could be considered a star
    or they could refer to simply the stars as in the shape
    or anthing representing a star, the stars on the flags dont apprear to have a disting star shape to them other than they are know to be stars from our previous knowledge, and the flag on the ship is hard to make out

    just curious

  28. bertmagert says:

    i just thought about this. anything i say for fact this is just an idea that came to me.

  29. bertmagert says:

    could it b that the company running the rocket poppeteers r som kind of sick and digusting governement agency or something? at the end of the letter it says “Real Spacemen Love Rocket Poppeteers!!!” im wondering if the people or kids who signed up to b a rocket poppeteer eventually become food for som type of monster or alien. i kno its abstract as heck! and its reallly stupid probably. but it just popped in my head when i read that quote.

  30. bertmagert says:

    the spacemen being the alien or whatever, and the poppeteers being the people

  31. Alan says:

    So, can anyone mail to this and get the letter? Just asking, because it would be neat to have a little memento of this craziness.

  32. SITREP says:

    I hope people counted the star that the space star challenge is actually written in.

  33. Tmankidrule says:

    90 stars. The ones around the text, the ones on the flag, the ones in the Rocket Poppeteers picture, and the one that the space star challenge is written in all make 90 stars…

  34. Cocotones says:

    Hmm, weird that i got 89.

  35. David says:

    There are two US flags on the paper…one on astronaut’s sleeve and one on the spaceship in the upper right corner (so 50+50=100); stars surrounding text (16); space challenge star (1); stars in the Rocket Poppeteers logo with father and sun pointing at the moon (22). By that count, my guess is 139 stars.

  36. Tom says:

    I think the line “Are you ready to begin?” is interesting.
    Maybe another hidden message. Like the person is asking someone if they are ready to begin an attack on a creature. Just a random thought.

  37. Danny says:

    So how do we respond to the challenge? I also counted 139 stars.

  38. Troy "Wings" Jackson says:

    Just got my letter today. I live in London England so guess that is why it took so long. I sent only the completed maze and the coupon in a couple of days it became available. So think they will send to everyone that sent in the coupon. I’m going to write back to Coop with 17 stars as the answer to the po box on the letter and see what happens. Can’t see anything else on the letter or on the envelope that hasn’t been discussed here already. Well excited about this arg. Hope it builds up to to something fantastic. Bring on the astronaut program!

  39. fishy says:

    i may b late but im just asking has any one looked up astronaut cooper … i did and i found a guy named gordon cooper … famous astronaut .. it says he has a famous quote saying ” Every day was an ‘oh, gee-whiz day’ or BIG ADVENTURE” seems a lil intresting jus thought id throw it out there if someone already saw this let me know

  40. Kalin says:

    i counted 139 stars too but how about the 3 planets ?!! planets are also stars !! so 139 + 3 = 141 stars. i dont have such a letter. maybe someone could send 141 as an answer and try.
    if you google 141 and check wikipedia, for Arts and Science >> “6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet” with 2 links.
    one for “perihelion” and one for “Halley’s Comet”.
    could be something, could be nothing 🙂

  41. Kalin says:

    ops.. its 142 … sorry for that … 😛

  42. anon says:

    @Kalin,,,,,Planets orbit stars. our sun is a star but Earth is not. Also,,,this has been mentioned before but, an ad like this and a club like RP would be aimed at kids not adults. I don’t believe that the star challenge would be this complicated. Also, the only reason you would count the stars on the flag is if you had that prior knowledge. The flags are not visible and I don’t think should be included. If you were from another country and had no idea how many stars were on the U.S. Flag they would be nearly impossible to count on this letter.

  43. IJustGotBetter says:

    yeah but what if the space challenge was not just for little kids, maybe it’s something hidden for other people.

    • admin says:

      @SexyTrooper511 I actually saw those the other day and emailed the seller asking if they were fake. He said that he gets his posters from a distributor overseas (he never actually touches the posters) so he wasn’t sure. Based on the feedback other people have left the seller on other posters I’m 100% confident that the mini-posters for Super 8 are completely fake, don’t waste your money.

  44. anon says:

    @GotBetter….I think that there is more to the letter than just the challenge but the challenge itself seems like it would be geared to the little ones. Look at he maze and the request for space names. That is the kind of thing that ovaltine would do. The letter probably does contain some other clues as to what is going on and I can’t wait to find out. My only concern with the challenge is like i said before: if you did not know that the American flag had 50 stars than the challenge would be tough for people in other contries that are recieving the letters as well.

  45. IJustGotBetter says:

    First of all, I have no problem with the letter, my IQ is 127, and the other day about the 48 stars, it was a joke!!! I used to live in US, but we moved to Canada 6 years ago.

  46. SexyTrooper511 says:

    I know they’re fake, but I just thought it would be great if other people on this site saw it.

    P.S. I wouldn’t say fake, i would say fan made

  47. anon says:

    @GotBetter….I was not talking down to you. It seems like i offended you in some way. I was not referring to you specifically. I was speaking in general terms for everyone. I was not implying that you did not know about the American flag or did not understand the letter, I was refering to the fact that I stated I myself thought the challenge more straight forward. I was not aware of your post the other day so I can’t comment on that.

  48. IJustGotBetter says:

    @Admin Thanks! I promise it won’t happen again…

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