Romantic or recipe for disaster? Astronaut takes couple’s wedding rings into orbit (PHOTO)
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who became the first Frenchman to work on the ISS in nearly a decade last November, has been in orbit for more than 127 days.
The former airline pilot is on board the artificial satellite to further examine the effects of weightlessness on the human body and “prepare for future voyages of exploration into the Solar System.”
In my 1,5 kg 'hand luggage', I brought the wedding rings of my friends getting married this summer! I'll be back in time to be their witness pic.twitter.com/e1pmrAChkd— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) March 26, 2017
However, Pesquet also appears to be on a very personal mission. He has revealed on Twitter that he packed two wedding rings belonging to a soon-to-be-wed couple in his “hand luggage” during his trip to the Earth-orbiting space station. “I’ll be back in time to be their witness,” he promised.
The ‘out of this world’ gesture has prompted a wave of online admiration, with commenters amazed that the newlyweds will soon have special ‘space rings’ to mark their union.
@Thom_astro My toast to them:. "May your marriage see as much beauty and adventure as your rings have seen". 💗— Andie (@SleepyHazel) March 26, 2017
@Thom_astro that's pretty awesome. They are lucky to have you as a friend. Safe travels!— NcFly85 (@NcFly85) March 26, 2017
@Thom_astro How lovely and romantic!😊😍 A marriage made in heaven.😇💍 Is that cloud nine in the background?😉— Edie (@I_We_Gaia) March 26, 2017
Meanwhile, others joked about what might happen if Pesquet fails to return to Earth on time for the ceremony.
“Honey, we can’t marry, our rings are still 400km away and moving at 28,000mph,” one person tweeted.
@Thom_astro Chérie, on ne peux pas se marier, nos alliances sont encore à 400 km de hauteur et se déplace à 28 000 km/h 😱— Patrick (@Offline1326) March 26, 2017
Another Twitter user imagined a scenario where Pesquet forgets to bring the rings back down to Earth: “Oh sh*t, I forgot them in the glove box.”
@Thom_astro "Ah merde je les ai oubliées dans la boite à gants !" :D— RandomFrenchDude (@RandomFrDude) March 26, 2017
Pesquet is due to return from the ESA Proxima mission in May. As well as posting a picture of the rings floating above Earth, the astronaut also dedicated a Basement Jaxx song to the unknown, loved-up duo.