Friday, August 15, 2003

The Oklahoma Connection to Space Wedding

You probably heard about the first wedding in space this past week when orbiting Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko exchanged marriage vows with grounded Ekaterina Dmitriev. What you might not know of is the Oklahoma connection to the story. The bride's father is a professor of Russian at Oklahoma State University.

Dmitriev was born in Russia and moved to the Houston area when she was 3-1/2 years old. She received her US citizenship in 1995. Her mother works at NASA. Dmitriev first met Malenchenko five years ago at a social gathering in Houston, and the two started dating in 2002. She will reportedly be returning to Russia to live with him when he returns.

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