A Russian cosmonaut and an American woman are planning a long distance marriage on August 10th, because they can’t find time to get married on the ground. Yekaterina Dmitriev, who lives in Richmond, Texas, plans to marry Russian Air Force Colonel Yuri Malenchenko next month when he’s in the International Space Station. “This shows you that long-distance relationships do work,” Dmitriev says.

Diane Wilson, County Clerk for Fort Bend, says, “We marry a lot of people when one partner is absent either because they are in the military or are incarcerated.”

The couple will recite their vows by phone link, and their attorney Harry Noe will step in for Malenchenko if their connection breaks down.

Maybe they’ll have some very special bridesmaids.

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