It may be impossible to have a space wedding in the United States, but it’s possible for the intrepid couples to plan one with the help of a Japanese-based company. A Japanese-based aerospace design and construction firm, Rocketplane, is offering to arrange the wedding ceremony for two people up to 100 kilometers in outer space. In addition to the couple, two more guests, including a priest, can also attend the event. The entire event will be broadcast live in outer space.
While the actual wedding took place in orbit, Ekaterina Dmitrieva, a Russian citizen, and her American husband, Yuri Malenchenko, married via video link from NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas. The two men exchanged vows via satellite, and Yuri Malenchenko wore a bow tie to mark the occasion. The two had been dating for a year before the ceremony, but the delay caused some complications. The couple decided to continue the ceremony.
While the ceremony took place in space, it was performed via video link. The best man of the bride and groom, malenchenko’s co-worker Ed Lu, played wedding music on a piano. It was not originally planned to take place in space, but the couple and their guests decided to go ahead and marry anyway. The first space wedding was held in 2003, and the effects were felt many years later. However, other couples have since performed such events.
Space weddings can also be a special event for the newlyweds. The first ever such ceremony took place on board the International Space Station in Japan. The space balloons used by the company can fly eight people at once, at a height of 100,000 feet. The average commercial aeroplane flies at between 33,000 and 42,000 feet. The couple will probably be able to see the Earth’s outline, but not enough to be able to totally float in space.
The first space wedding was conducted by a Japanese firm, Rocketplane Kistler. This company is associated with the US -based SpaceX. The cost of the suborbital flight will cost 240 million yen (about $2.2 million). It will reach an altitude of six2.1 miles, or 100 kilometers. The couple will also get a photo album of the ceremony. It is unlikely that the couple will be able to experience such a wedding in a real space, but it will be an unforgettable experience.
The first space wedding took place in 2011 when an American citizen of Russian origin married her Russian husband, Yuri Malenchenko, via a satellite video link. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast in Houston, and only one half of the couple was actually in space. The effects were felt years later, but the experience was still a unique and romantic experience. Moreover, it was the first space wedding to be broadcasted worldwide, and its effect was very real.