A Space Wedding
A space wedding isn’t something many of us can imagine, but it did happen on March 16, 2006, when U.S. citizen Ekaterina Dmitrieva married Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko via satellite link. The two were separated by Earth because Dmitriev was on board the International Space Station and Dmitrieva was in NASA headquarters. In honor of the couple’s space-themed wedding, the ISS reemerged into sunlight south of New Zealand. The ceremony, which was viewed by the world, was conducted using a portable keyboard.
The wedding was filmed in high definition, and Yuri Malenchenko wore his official flight uniform. Ed Lu was the best man. A friend of his performed the ceremony in Houston, while Yuri Malenchenko performed the ceremony via proxy. The couple had an onboard priest and two additional guests who watched the live broadcast from outer space. A ceremony in outer space has never been attempted before, but the idea is a fascinating one.
While the average person is many years away from commercial space travel, it seems the future is not too far off. In fact, some couples are planning to tie the knot in a heavenly space, one hundred kilometers above Earth. The event is planned by Rocketplane Limited, an aerospace design and construction firm based in Oklahoma. The couples can also invite two more guests to the Earth’s surface, as well as a priest. The wedding will include live broadcasts from outer space, which is a real treat for couples, especially those who want to commemorate the union in the far reaches of the universe.
The couple will dress for a space-themed wedding, and Yuri will wear a suit designed specifically for microgravity. The groom will wear a custom tuxedo by J.Lucas Clothiers, and both will wear tails to take advantage of zero-gravity conditions. The bride and groom will be accompanied by friends in Houston, and Yuri will perform the ceremony by proxy. The couple will exchange rings made by Chris Ploof, who used the metal from a meteorite that fell in Namibia during prehistoric times.
The couple’s space wedding was a success in several ways. It was recorded in the space station and sent to Earth by Yuri Malenchenko. The astronaut’s family was notified of the news, and the two subsequently became married. The entire affair was classified as a “private family conference” by Roscosmos. It was broadcast in the U.S. and other countries. However, the ceremony was a big success.
Although it’s not legally possible to marry in space, couples can arrange a wedding on the ISS with the help of a cosmonaut. Their contract stipulates that they have 60 minutes to perform the ceremony. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s expertise in the area will ensure the success of a space wedding. Its unique location and unusual location will certainly make your wedding memorable and unforgettable. So, go ahead and plan your dream date!