Weddings in Space
In 2006, Ekaterina Dmitrieva of U.S. citizenship and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married via video link from the International Space Station. While Ekaterina was on Earth, Yuri was in orbit. They exchanged vows and were married in a space-themed ceremony. During the ceremony, Ekaterina danced down the aisle to a David Bowie song. The wedding march was played by Yuri’s best man on a portable keyboard.
While there are no official regulations for space marriages in the United States, the concept has received significant attention. In January 2006, the Japanese firm First Advantage partnered with the Russian space agency to perform the ceremony. The couple will spend several minutes in space and exchange vows with three other guests. The wedding will be performed in Houston by an American lawyer, who will sign the marriage documents. The bride and groom will wear traditional wedding gowns and will likely be joined by their parents.
The space wedding was conducted using a video conference. In the ceremony, Yuri Malenchenko and his bride wore their wedding attire, including their wedding ring. The wedding will be broadcast via video from Houston. The couple will likely be able to see the outline of Earth from their new location in orbit over New Zealand. After the ceremony, the couple will exchange vows with their guests on a private video conference monitor. The groom, who is 402 kilometers away in a private US airport, will stand in for Yuri Malenchenko and blow a kiss to the bride and groom.
Although space weddings have been banned by Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, many cosmonauts still want to get married. It is even possible for a wedding in outer space to take place. Some Russian companies have partnered with Japanese firms to offer the service. The cost of the suborbital rocket will be 240 million yen ($2.2 million) and will take the couple to an altitude of six2.1 miles or 100 kilometers.
While space weddings aren’t yet available in the United States, the space industry is booming. Yuri Malenchenko, a cosmonaut, and his girlfriend Ekaterina Dmitriev, a space tourist, will have their wedding in July. And although the U.S. space program is not yet ready for such a ceremony, the company has a hotline set up to facilitate the process.
It is not possible for the two to have a space wedding in the United States, but if you’re prepared to travel to space, you can at least have a dream of having a wedding in the near future. In fact, the space industry has soared since the Soviet Union. The United States has also developed a private airfield for the ceremony. This means the couple will be shot up 60 miles in the air.