This article made me laugh when I read it last week. I was lamenting the fact that TV viewers might have to choose between watching the royal wedding or the space shuttle launch tomorrow. Then a colleague of mine pointed out that people who watch one might not necessarily watch the other. What a shame, I thought. How can we remedy that? There's only one solution: Royal weddings in space!
What might be different about a royal wedding in space? First off, the princess-to-be wouldn't have to worry about whether to arrive by car or carriage: She would arrive by space shuttle! (Or Soyuz capsule.)
Instead of walking gracefully down the aisle, Kate and her bridesmaids could float from one module of the International Space Station (ISS) to the other.
If the wedding is 90 minutes long, the ISS will complete one orbit around the Earth and the whole world can be a part of the ceremony.
The groom better not get nervous. If he drops the ring, it's not just a simple matter of bending down and picking it up. It could be lost forever.
A post-wedding kiss in the cupola is so much better than on a balcony.
If they go outside to toss the bouquet and no one catches it, it would go into orbit.
A post-wedding toast might be difficult. Do they make champagne in those little orange juice pouches?
The paparazzi would have a tough time snapping pictures...they would need telescopes.
Carrying the bride over the threshold would be much easier.
The royal wedding takes place early in the morning on the East Coast of the U.S. - 6 a.m. EDT. STS-134 is set to launch tomorrow at 3:47 p.m. EDT. Why not watch 'em both? In case the royal wedding or the idea of launching on top of a rocket makes you sick, don't worry, there's something for you too!