A Russian astronaut and an American woman have tied the knot in space. Ekaterina Dmitrieva and Yuri Malenchenko, who are both stationed on the International Space Station, got married on September 17, 2011, via satellite video link. While she was on Earth, Dmitriev was in Houston, Texas, dialing into the video link. The bride, wearing a white gown, posed next to a cardboard cutout of her husband.
The space wedding is an exciting and unique way to tie the knot. A Japanese company is now taking reservations for their special event. Depending on the number of guests and the budget, a space wedding can cost between 240 and 300 million yen. The ceremony takes place on a tiny spaceship, which shoots up about 100 kilometers above Earth. The couple is accompanied by two more people and a priest, who will watch the wedding on a screen in Oklahoma City.
Yuri Malenchenko, the Russian cosmonaut who married Gagarin, performed a proxy marriage ceremony from Houston. In the United States, he was in Houston for the launch. The ceremony was performed by a friend standing in for Malenchenko. Ed Lu played the wedding march, which was composed by Mendelssohn. The bride and groom exchanged vows, and Yuri blew kisses and hugged.
Although many experts believe that it will never be possible to perform a space wedding, the company has made it possible for couples to plan a ceremony from outer space. The flight itself will take place 100 kilometers above Earth. There will be no earthly atmosphere to interfere with the ceremony, which is broadcast live from outer space. It will be a spectacular sight to see and witness. There are no limits on the number of guests, and the wedding will last for several hours.
Both the bride and groom will wear custom-made suits made for zero gravity. The bride will wear a special dress designed for microgravity conditions, while the groom will wear a custom-made tuxedo from J.Lucas Clothiers. Their wedding rings are made by jeweler Chris Ploof, and they will be made of a special metal from a meteorite that fell in Namibia prehistorically.
The space wedding will be held in an orbiting capsule. During the ceremony, the bride will wear a dress made for zero-gravity conditions, while the groom will wear a custom-made tuxedo made by J.Lucas Clothiers. The groom will also wear tails, which are specially designed to take advantage of the zero-gravity conditions. The wedding rings, which will be made by jeweler Chris Ploof, will be made of metal extracted from a meteorite that fell in Namibia prehistorically.
The Space Wedding People who hold the ceremony are able to broadcast the ceremony live to their guests. Besides Yuri Malenchenko, Sergei Malenchenko is also a U.S. citizen and was born in 1961. He spent almost two years in space and is now the second longest living cosmonaut in the world. Both men received the highest award from the Russian government, and the wedding earned him fame and notoriety.