AUGUST 10th, 2003: FIRST MAN MARRIED IN SPACE

wedding in spaceHow has a movie NOT been made about this event yet? On August 10th of 2003 Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, stationed on board the International Space Station, was married in a long-distance ceremony via satellite hookup to Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was physically at the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Ekaterina was in a traditional wedding gown as she walked down the aisle to a life-sized cardboard cutout of Yuri adorned with a bow tie. In orbit, Malenchenko was wearing an identical bow tie on his space suit. A fellow ISS member served as Best Man and played the Wedding March on a keyboard.

The couple decided to go through with the original August 10th date of their marriage rather than reschedule when Yuri’s length of service on the space station was unexpectedly prolonged. Some sources say the David Bowie song Modern Love was played after the vows were exchanged. At least it wasn’t Space Oddity.

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