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Trenchcoatjedi writes "A couple from Brooklyn, NY are planning the first wedding in zero gravity. The wedding will take place June 20th aboard a parabolic flight operated by Zero G Corp and will be officiated by Richard Garriott of Ultima fame. The dress is designed by a Japanese haute couture designer and is specifically intended to be worn in zero gravity. Even the wedding rings will be made from meteorite."
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First Zero-Gravity Wedding Planned

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  • BORING! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I want to hear or better yet see the first zero gravity honeymoon.

    • Re:BORING! (Score:4, Informative)

      by Mr. Roadkill (731328) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:35PM (#28218515)

      I don't think it qualifies as a honeymoon, but there's this:

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310288/ [imdb.com]

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Moblaster (521614)

        Apparently there will be no honeymoon. The wedding has already been cancelled because the bride's father found out he is expected to shell out over $2 billion to cover the $20 million launch tickets for all the guests. That cheap bastard. I told my sister not to marry into poverty!

        • ACID (Score:2, Funny)

          by DirtyCanuck (1529753)

          Wanna have a wedding in space, spike the punch with Acid and rent an inflatable jumper (shaped like a spaceship).

    • by Nyeerrmm (940927)
      Well, I doubt its exactly what the AC is looking for, the first "Space Honeymoon" is already planned, as soon as SpaceShipTwo gets flying: http://spacelove.org/ [spacelove.org]. Information is on the menu bar on the bottom... Loretta and George Whitesides have already bought their tickets, although I think lately they've been too busy to update that particular page.
    • by HTH NE1 (675604)

      Unfortunately they may discover that their mutual attraction is purely gravitational.

    • Actually, any reasonable sex position is damn near impossible in space. The missionary is the hardest, though not the most exciting anyway. I think someone actually developed a suit specifically designed for screwing in Null-G.

      Long story short, the honeymoon wouldn't be that exciting.
    • by mrmeval (662166)

      They'll have to use the three Dolphins technique.

  • by MichaelSmith (789609) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:17PM (#28218365) Homepage Journal
    ...since it will all be over in 30 seconds.
    • by TheRealMindChild (743925) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:24PM (#28218431) Homepage Journal
      I know I am doomed to sound sexist, but seriously, only a woman can think that spending 5 years salary on a 1 hour ceremony + the hell of putting entire clumps of both families together, while drinking, is a good idea.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by xous (1009057)

        Well, I like the drinking part.

      • by samcan (1349105)

        You don't even need drinking to make it bad. :-D

        It's not necessarily sexist...my mom has always told me that I can have a nice wedding quite inexpensively. But then, what ./er gets married?

      • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:33PM (#28218497)

        Ordinarily I'd agree with you, but the articles say that the dude's the one who wants it. "Noah wanted to get married in space but we probably won't be able to afford it for another 25 to 50 years - so I suggested this as a compromise."

        • by noundi (1044080)

          "Noah wanted to get married in space but he came to his senses and built an ark instead."

          Fixed it for ya.

      • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

        Only feminists would label telling the truth as sexist. I don't think you'll find many of them here.
      • by MichaelSmith (789609) on Friday June 05, 2009 @12:09AM (#28218695) Homepage Journal

        while drinking

        While alternating between zero and two G every two minutes? Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. More like a continuous car crash than a quiet evening.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by macshit (157376)

          while drinking

          While alternating between zero and two G every two minutes? Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. More like a continuous car crash than a quiet evening.

          Like a lot of bad ideas, it'll probably make for great stories though....

          "Grandpa, is it true you got married while covered in vomit?"

        • As long as I don't have to clean it up, it sounds like a totally awesome idea.
      • I know I am doomed to sound sexist, but seriously, only a woman can think that spending 5 years salary on a 1 hour ceremony + the hell of putting entire clumps of both families together, while drinking, is a good idea.

        No, any idiot with lots of money and unrealistic expectations about marriage could come up with this plan, be they man, woman, or other.

      • by nacho_dh (972780)

        only a woman can think that spending 5 years salary on a 1 hour ceremony...

        well... whose salary are we talking about?

      • by maxume (22995)

        5 years! Even the most outrageous weddings I have seen are more like 6 months, if that (but I don't really fly in ritzy circles either).

        • And in typical poser hipster style, they're only paying "about half the cost" of their guests travelling with them. "So, ummm, to attend our wedding, you'll have to fly here, and pony up $2,700 per person for the flight".

          Wow.

          Oh, and how sweet of them! WE can help pay too! They've helpfully put a "Donate via Paypal!" link on their website.

          Uhhh, no.

          Tell me why I would donate so some posers can have their wedding in the vomit comet?

          Ye gods.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by jeffmeden (135043)

      No time to change your mind ...since it will all be over in 30 seconds.

      Thats... What she said?

  • Seriously (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DrugCheese (266151) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:20PM (#28218395)

    I hope some one out there is in the industry and can hook up with Zero G Corp and bring us all Zero G tits.

    I think it would seriously sell.

  • by seifried (12921) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:21PM (#28218399) Homepage
    Money can't buy good taste.
    • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:34PM (#28218503) Homepage Journal

      I thought it was "There's no accounting for taste."

      • by seifried (12921)
        That too.
      • by jadv (1437949)

        I thought it was "There's no accounting for taste."

        I thought it was: "My accountant has no taste." :) (Sorry, lame joke there, gonna cost me some karma I guess) Exactly under what jurisdiction are they getting married? And if they ever want to divorce, are they gonna have to go up into space again to do it? Is a pre-nuptial agreement written here on Earth void in the great void of outer space? (OK, somebody please take my keyboard away ASAP)

        • I can see it now: "The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I got left is my bones."

          • by Pikoro (844299)
            For those who haven't seen the new Star Trek reboot yet, that is the reason that McCoy from Star Trek is called "Bones". It's something McCoy says to Kirk.
        • by HTH NE1 (675604)

          I thought it was "There's no accounting for taste."

          I thought it was: "My accountant has no taste."

          I thought it was: "My dog has no nose." "How does he smell?" "An earthy, peaty sort of aroma, with a hint of lilac."

  • I'm more interested in the rings.

  • by Snarf You (1285360) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:26PM (#28218443)
    A zero-G wedding sounds nice at first, but the divorce will cost 100 G's.
  • It's called microgravity, not zero gravity. Someone needs to take their head out of the outdated books sections.

    • Technically it's called a plane flying a parabolic arc and it can subject it's passengers to any amount of 'gravity' it wants. Someone needs to take their head out of their .... well you know :P
    • by artor3 (1344997)

      Those are synonyms. They're just cool ways of saying "gravity is still there, but you're falling, so you don't notice."

      And before you bring it up - orbit is the same thing, only you miss the ground.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by buzy buzy (594932)

        Actually falling and missing the ground is flying as any HHGTTG fan would know.

  • It will be a while before we get the first wedding in orbit.
    For now every idea has been done.
    You can all stop being original and go get married in a church.
    • by Stormwatch (703920) <rodrigogirao&hotmail,com> on Friday June 05, 2009 @02:43AM (#28219339) Homepage

      You can all stop being original and go get married in a church.

      You know what'd be interesting? Going back to the way it was about 400 years ago, before the church took over what was a mutual personal vow. See, until the Counter-Reformation, you didn't need a church or anything: you said "I marry you", she said "I marry you", there, done, married, you may now bed the bride. Now seriously, your word was as good as any signed contract; that, I think, is far more beautiful and moving than any pompous ceremony.

      • by R2.0 (532027)

        "Now seriously, your word was as good as any signed contract; that, I think, is far more beautiful and moving than any pompous ceremony."

        Hit the mark, missed the details. A lot of marriages then were more complicated than you describe. Where there was any amount of money involved, there negotiations more akin to a company merger than a love story. Divorces were handled as a matter of contract law.

        Fast forward to now. The state has gotten involved with giving "permission" to marry - they issue marriage l

    • Example: I doubt anyone's been married on waterskis before. Or while submerged and in Scuba gear. Or with a priest who has recently inhaled large quantities of helium.

      For that matter, you lack imagination about other reasons one might not want to be married in a church -- one might be Jewish, or Muslim, or Wiccan, or Pagan, or Buddhist, or Taoist, or Hindu, or atheist, or anything in between. Even if one is Christian, it wouldn't quite be a traditional marriage if it was between homosexuals -- and that assu

  • by XDirtypunkX (1290358) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:31PM (#28218485)

    Alcohol and a whole bunch of people in a vomit comet. That can't end badly at all...

  • There have been skydiving weddings for a long while now. Aren't they Zero-G?
    • You forget air resistance. ;)

    • by D-Cypell (446534) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @11:49PM (#28218589)

      "There have been skydiving weddings for a long while now. Aren't they Zero-G?"

      Not really. In fact, most would say that gravity is a fairly fundamental part of the whole skydiving experience.

      • by drinkypoo (153816)

        Which is to say that they are just as Zero-G as THIS wedding. I think the bigger news is being married by Lord British. I guess the only way they can top this is to involve midgets and floor wax.

  • ... a leaked homemade video of something like this [imdb.com]

  • Now they only need 8 kids through IVF and they can have their own TV show!

  • It's still probably cheaper [cnn.com] than having their ceremony in New York.

    Seth
  • Just don't try to eat the complementary M&Ms at +1.8gees, guys. A lesson learned the hard way!

  • by majorgoodvibes (1228026) on Friday June 05, 2009 @12:59AM (#28218895)
    ...is what's funny to me. Their marriage will only be legally recognized in Sosaria.
  • Free fall without air resistance != Zero Gravity, stop abusing scientific terms to get media attention. It's exactly like having "the first wedding on mars", that's really just a wedding in the nasa mars simulation robot test lot.
    • Free fall without air resistance is exactly the same phenomenon as "Zero Gravity" or "Microgravity".

      In fact, orbit is exactly like this -- it is free fall. The only difference is that the trajectory takes you around the earth instead of into it.

      Yes, that is a difference worth noting, but that's more like the difference between a water bottle and a water fountain. It's still water, it's just that the bottle will run out -- the plane will have to level off (or smack into the ground).

    • by Nyeerrmm (940927)

      Huh? I'm pretty sure thats the definition of Zero-G. If you're going to try and be pedantic, complain about it not being called microgravity... all the objects in free fall have a mutual gravitational attraction to each other, so you do end up with micro-g (~g*1e-6) levels of gravity, thus making Zero-G a misnomer.

      You'd be absolutely right if they were calling this the first space wedding. But they're not. The only difference between free-fall and microgravity is your reference frame. That understanding

      • by Co0Ps (1539395)
        As I said to the other person and was modded troll for some reason (newb mods that use - modifiers as a method of disagreeing):

        Zero gravity means no mass acceleration. And using that term in any other situation is simply incorrect. It's like calling your computer a hard drive just becouse you can't grasp the technical diffrence.

        Saying that this is really zero g when looking in certain reference frames that involves anything in free fall without free fall is bullshit. It's the same as saying "When you'
        • by Nyeerrmm (940927)

          So in other words, according to you, microgravity conditions don't exist anywhere, the only places getting close would be the vast voids between galactic clusters? Anywhere else, you're being affected by gravity and accelerating toward a some body or another.

          Commonly, orbital conditions are referred to as zero-g. But guess what, you're in free fall there too, but your velocity is high enough that you continue to miss the planet. The only difference between the zero-g portion of a parabolic flight and an

  • and just pay a viral-marketing team to personally give the middle finger to every poor person on earth.
  • by iamdrscience (541136) <michaelmtripp AT gmail DOT com> on Friday June 05, 2009 @01:47AM (#28219113) Homepage
    The dress is specifically intended to be worn in zero gravity? So what, it's like vomit colored and easily washable?
  • If you have the money to burn, and your both of the science/extreme-sport persuasion, this is a great thing to do. Added to that, they are the first. I say good luck to them, and I hope neither is sick.
  • someone vomits at a wedding
  • Sometimes I am afraid we burn away our ability to bootstrap our civilization to space.

    But then, maybe space tourism fuels public interest in space exploration.

    • by maxume (22995)

      It isn't that big a deal to synthesize hydrocarbons (well, as long as you have some energy). Fossil fuels don't have anywhere near the energy density required to 'bootstrap our civilization to space' anyway.

  • So if 45% of people get sick, either bride or groom or the minister will not make it through the ceremony... Qute from our beloved Wikipedia: The most common problem experienced by humans in the initial hours of weightlessness is known as space adaptation syndrome or SAS, commonly referred to as space sickness. Symptoms of SAS include nausea and vomiting, vertigo, headaches, lethargy, and overall malaise. The first case of SAS was reported by cosmonaut Gherman Titov in 1961. Since then, roughly 45% of al
  • These two are anime / sci-fi podcasters, whose show is called the Ninja Consultants [livejournal.com]. They discuss their wedding plans and how they're pulling it together in an April episode [livejournal.com]. They're pretty cool people (I met them at Anime Weekend Atlanta a few times): Erin worked on a couple of animated series and writes for Otaku USA.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Great. Weeaboos in space.
  • So I was reading this because I would love to go up in the "Vomit Comet" and found that Richard Garriot actually owns a lunar lander and rover the Russians sold to him. The story about preserving moon landings references the Russian lunar missions.

    So based on international treaty no government can lay claim to anything on the moon nor the moon itself as property. But Garriot is the first private person, that I know of, to have property on the moon and actually has the first step in claiming his own lunar

  • I hope they understand that the first instinct in zero Gs is to hurl!
  • What the hell fun is THAT? I mean, this is the best thing since Girls On Trampolines, and they design a dress to defeat the most intriguing part.

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