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Japan Today had a really brief but weird tidbit for all you airless-void-lovin' people: On July 1, some guys yclept First Advantage will start letting Japanese couples line up to get hitched about 100 kilometers above the Earth. Starting in 2011, the American-designed and ingeniously named Rocket Plane XP will, for the rock-bottom price of 240 million yen, take a priest, the happy couple, and two guests in a privately piloted one-hour trip up and down through the atmosphere. Friends needn't feel left out, as the fee includes "original wedding dress" (I wanna see!), a wedding party stuck on the dumb ol' planet, and live broadcasting from space. Four days' training and a crapton of money are all it takes!

I crapped out on getting an interesting pic (my NSFW folder's power level has risen a bit, though!), but did run across some neato factoids re: marriage and badonkadonk in space. Technically, the first marriage in space was in August of 2003, when Ekaterina Dmitriev married a cardboard cutout representing her new husband, Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko, who was in space at the time--Texas law says only one party need actually be present for the marriage to be official. (I've been to the NASA Center in Houston. Cool place, but I wouldn't get hitched there.)

Virgin Galactic wants to cash in on this, too: they've lined up the first both-present wedding in space as well as the first honeymoon in space. Potential jokes abound, as they didn't specify how long the latter couple would be allowed to go at it, but the wedding flight will only be up there for "a few minutes." No one's ever boinked in space, as far as we know, so that'll be an interesting experience for scientists and "Guess where WE went for our honeymoon??"ers alike.

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