Federal IT can serve the interests of love and marriage, when pressed.

The International Space Station's S-band and Ku-band data links came into play on Aug. 9 for planning the world's first Earth-to-space wedding. Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and his bride, Ekaterina Dmitriev, who communicated from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, used the broadband links to plan their Aug. 10 nuptials, according to a NASA report.

Malenchenko and fellow ISS crewmember Ed Lu spent the rest of Aug. 9 on a housekeeping sweep of the orbiting craft and on maintaining the station's computerized scientific experiments'not exactly a wild bachelor party.

Malenchenko wore a tailcoat during the ceremony and Dmitriev a cream wedding dress as they exchanged vows via video link. Malenchenko is scheduled to return to Earth in October.

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