New York couple is world’s first to wed in zero gravity
The economic downturn has not dampened people’s enthusiasm for space tourism. All the speculation going around on space weddings has heated up further with a New-York based couple finally set to exchange vows in zero gravity and create history! Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan will say their “I Dos” while flipping and floating mid-air among their closest family and friends. Richard Garriott, the sixth private explorer in history to go to space and the first second-generation U.S. astronaut, will officiate the ceremony. Earlier, we have read about major players in space tourism to officiate a space wedding with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic plans to conduct a wedding ceremony 70 miles above the earth’s surface on the initial Galactic sub-orbital flight, and a Japanese company teamed with Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Global Inc to offer a wedding ceremony 60 miles above Earth for about $2.3 million.
But, this world’s first zero gravity wedding will cost way less than the expected million dollar figure. The official site of zerogravitywedding states that the total cost for the couple to rent a whole section of the plane will be somewhere from $32,400 to $64,800. But, it could come down to as cheap as $5,400 per person to the couple, if they could share the space with another couple who also plan to get married in the space at the same time. The lovebirds had their wedding wardrobe especially designed for the occasion. The bride will wear a multilayered white gown by Japanese designer Eri Matsui and the groom will be in a tux with tapered tails to ensure their clothes don’t reveal too much. The wedding is planned for June 20 on board a modified Boeing 727-200 operated by Zero Gravity Corporation departing from the Kennedy Space Center. The 90-minute flight includes 15 drops from 36,000 feet to 24,000 feet, creating up to 30 seconds of zero gravity inside the Boeing 727.