Ekaterina Dmitriev and Yuri Malenchenko tied the knot in a “space wedding” on October 24, 2010. The space-based couple met 16 years ago at NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas. They were married via video link from the International Space Station. Ekaterina walked down the aisle to a David Bowie song, and Yuri, a Russian cosmonaut, posed with a life-size cardboard cutout of himself. The wedding march was played by Yuri’s best man.
The bride will wear a specially-designed space-worthy wedding dress, including special microgravity-resistant pants. The groom will wear a tuxedo designed by J.Lucas Clothiers, complete with tails that will take advantage of zero-gravity conditions. The space wedding ring, designed by a jeweler called Chris Ploof, is made from the metal from a meteorite that fell in Namibia in prehistoric times.
While the space wedding sparked a firestorm, cosmonaut Sergei Malenchenko’s career did not appear to be over. Although he had limited time before his mission, he managed to plan a wedding, and was issued a marriage license July 17. While the Russian Aerospace Agency tried to dissuade Malenchenko from getting married, officials in Moscow said they would allow him to marry his Russian wife in space. While they didn’t stop the wedding, they said they would make sure that no other cosmonaut would marry a foreigner. They said that they would incorporate this rule into future contracts.
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