Ekaterina Dmitriev, a Russian-born U.S. citizen, and Yuri Malenchenko, an astronaut on the International Space Station, tied the knot in a space wedding on July 24, 2013. The ceremony took place in Houston, Texas, via video link. The bride walked down the aisle to David Bowie’s “Starman” while the groom sat in Houston’s downtown skyscrapers, wearing a bow tie.
The ceremony is broadcast live from a suborbital spacecraft, which reaches a height of 62 miles (100 kilometers). The cost of the flight is approximately 240 million yen ($2.2 million) and includes a photo album. The event is also unique because the couple will spend time alone in space. The ceremony will take place in a zero gravity environment that is free of all gravity. Although the ceremony takes place in space, it will be possible to have photographs and videos from all angles.
The wedding was also forbidden by the cosmonauts’ contracts. They have to seek permission from the Russian government to marry a foreigner. While the couple are married in zero gravity, the cosmonauts’ space suits are made of a special iron-nickel alloy. The couple’s wedding rings were made by Chris Ploof, a jeweler. The ceremony is broadcast live from the International Space Station. The Russian Aerospace Agency also says that it will be included in future preflight contracts.
The Space Perspective company is currently selling tickets to a private capsule that can carry eight people into the stratosphere. These flights last six hours and take about eight guests. Prices start at $125,000. The cost of a space wedding can range from $125,000 to $325,000. It may be a costly experience, but the view is unforgettable. If you’re looking to get married in a unique location, this is the way to go.
While the couple’s wedding will be held in a traditional church, the space wedding will be unique. In fact, it will be the first wedding ever held in a “raw space” location. The ceremony will be free of charge during the closures of Las Vegas, and the couple’s children are expected to love it, too. The location is beautiful and the setting will be spectacular. If the weather is good, the couple will get married in the spacecraft.
The Space Wedding service will be available in 2011 and will take place in a specially chartered rocket plane. In addition to the ceremony, the couple will have an opportunity to conduct their first live video broadcast from outer space. They will then fly back to the ISS for their honeymoon. A live stream of the ceremony will be viewed on the original websites. The company is also planning a virtual space hotel in Oklahoma City to hold the ceremony. The company plans to launch the first space wedding in 2011 in Japan.