The First Space Wedding
A Japanese cosmonaut is getting married in space, but not as you might think. It took three months and an incredibly complex video conference to plan his wedding, and all of it was broadcast live on NASA television. In addition to the ceremony, a bow tie and wedding ring were delivered to the International Space Station on a Progress cargo ship. Malenchenko wore a custom made ring, which he set with precious stones, which he designed himself.
The couple chose to get married on the International Space Station, but they also had the option of a Mars-based space wedding. The Yuri Malenchenko and Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who are both of Russian descent, were married via a video link. The couple’s first space-wedding took place on November 5, 2011, with the bride and groom completing their ceremony by sending a live broadcast of their vows. Their guests were able to view the ceremony, which was classified as a private family conference, while the astronauts themselves were in a different location.
The wedding transmission itself was deemed a “private family conference,” so there were no witnesses. The couple’s heavenly nuptials were celebrated from the International Space Station, and the spacecraft was classified as a “private family conference.” A friend stood in for Yuri Malenchenko, and the ceremony was conducted in Houston with a photo album sent back to Earth. While the astronauts were in orbit, the effects of this first space wedding would be felt decades later.
The first space wedding was celebrated in 2005 when a U.S. citizen named Ekaterina Dmitrieva married Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko via video link. They both were at NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas, while their partner was on the International Space Station. The wedding was marked by a David Bowie song and a life-size cardboard cutout of the couple. During the ceremony, the best man played a wedding march, and Yuri Malenchenko was escorted by a NASA astronaut in a manned capsule.
The wedding took place in the distant future and was first seen in the episode “Graybles 1000+” in season two. The couple was married on a platform above an alien ship and surrounded by other ships. The Space Wedding People were at the wedding as guests, and the couple was unable to attend the ceremony because of the distance between the two. However, the bride accidentally broke her space helmet, and floats away into infinity. Her husband and the astronauts then pursue her to get her back.
The space wedding was a success for both parties. The cosmonauts were able to celebrate their marriage by video link. A US citizen, Ekaterina Dmitriev, was the bride’s maid of honor. Her Russian husband, Yuri Malenchenko, meanwhile, was a cosmonaut on the International Space Station. The ceremony was viewed by millions of people across the world. In reality, only one half of the couple was in orbit, but the effects were felt years later.