So much for the talk about the economic downturn, enthusiasts of space tourism seem to be rather unaffected by the ruling atmosphere across the globe. In fact, they are wiling to go a step further. Yes, get married in zero gravity. If the buzz is to be believed then a NY coupe, Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan will exchange their vows floating mid-air in the presence of their near and dear ones.
The ceremony will be officiated by Richard Garriott, who is the sixth private explorer to go to space. Others promoting space tourism are Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic with a grand plan to conduct marriages 70 miles above the earth while a Japanese company Rocketplane Global Inc offers the same at 60 miles for $2.3 million. However, Fulmor and Finnegan might not have to shell out so much money. The official word at zerogravitywedding tells that plane rental shall cost between $32,400 and $64,800. But the cost can be brought down to $5,400 per person in case they are willing to share space with another couple getting married at the same time.
Well, the lovebirds in reference are doing their best to make their W-Day a memorable one. The bride is to wear a bridal gown in white designed by Japanese designer Eri Matsui while the groom shall sport a tux with tapered tails. The wedding is fixed for June 20 aboard a modified Boeing 727-200 that shall depart from the Kennedy Space Center. Lasting 90 minutes, the flight includes 15 drops from 36,000 feet to 24,000 feet creating 30 seconds of zero gravity.