July 17, 2003

Okay, not really: A woman who plans to marry a Russian cosmonaut who is currently orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station has been issued a marriage license in Fort Bend County. Close enough!

Yuri Malenchenko, a member of international space station crew since April, will still be on the job in August when he marries an Earth-bound Soviet immigrant, 26-year-old Ekaterina Dmitritv.

Malenchenko, a 41-year-old Russian air force colonel, proposed to Dmitritv in December but doesn't want to wait until his return in late October or early November to seal their extraordinarily long-distance relationship.

The couple will try for a telephone linkup during a wedding ceremony on both the space station and in Clear Lake, but if that doesn't work, there's a backup plan for a wedding by proxy, which is allowed under Texas law. A familiy friend, Houston attorney Harry Noe, will be on hand at the terrestrial ceremony to stand in for the groom if needed.

Somehow, I can just picture a FOX executive reading this story and mulling how to turn it into a reality show.

Anyway, all of us here at Off the Kuff send our best wishes to the happy couple. Mazel tov!

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 17, 2003 to Elsewhere in Houston | TrackBack

The space part is new, but I had an acquaintance who, while working in Bahrain 20 years ago, got married via telephone to a girl in Maryland. Sadly, I think the marriage ended in divorce; no word on whether it was alienation of affections or irreconciliable differences or what.

Posted by: Linkmeister on July 17, 2003 5:42 PM