NEW YORK CITY COUPLE MAKES HISTORY THIS WEEKEND BECOMING THE FIRST BRIDE AND GROOM MARRIED IN ZERO GRAVITY
Zero Gravity Corporation Hosted First-Ever Weightless Wedding.
JUNE 20, 2009
Zero Gravity Corporation, the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, hosted the world's first-ever weightless wedding on Saturday, June 20. Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan said their 'I Dos' while flipping and floating mid-air among their closest family and friends. While flying high above the clouds in Florida, the New-York-City-based couple exchanged vows while making history as they became the first bride and groom to be married in zero gravity!
Richard Garriott, the sixth private explorer in history to go to space and the first second-generation U.S. astronaut, officiated the weightless ceremony. G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727-200
aircraft, departed from the Titusville Airport near Orlando, FL for the milestone occasion.
"I am honored to be taking part in Erin and Noah's wedding. I know firsthand the added thrill microgravity will play in their already joyous event," said Garriott. "The excitement from these 'first ever microgravity nuptials' will not soon fade in the minds of all the members of the wedding party."
During the weightless ceremony, Fulmor and Finnegan along with their entire wedding party, flew like superman and flipped like an Olympic gymnast as Garriott united the two as man and wife. Each ZERO-G mission is designed for maximum fun and these nuptials were no exception. Over the span of nearly eight minutes, the vows and rings were exchanged in a microgravity environment.
Fulmor and Finnegan have been together since 2002, but even before they met, they shared a dream of space travel. As children, both wanted to be astronauts: Erin attended space camp in Michigan, while Noah volunteered at his local planetarium. Although they are currently living relatively earth-bound lives, the idea of space came up again following their engagement in 2008. "When we started talking about marriage, Noah joked that we should have our wedding in space," Erin said. "Although most girls would take this to mean Noah didn't want to get married, I knew he was sincere, and that this was a serious request." And so, the couple turned to ZERO-G for the next best thing: the experience offered by ZERO-G is the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true weightlessness without going to space.
The aircraft's interior is a zero-gravity playroom, complete with padded floors and walls and video cameras to record the unforgettable moments. When experiencing zero gravity, Fulmor, Finnegan and their guests enjoyed 10-times more hang-time than the world's best basketball player. It's not simulated; ZERO-G replicates the same levels of weightlessness enjoyed on Mars (1/3-gravity), the moon (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity. It's an experience unlike any other.
The couple plan to re-broadcast the ceremony on their Web site, http://www.zerogravitywedding.com.
Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of weightlessness accessible to the public. ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government.
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