I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Malenchenko-YuriYuri Ivanovich Malenchenko (born December 22, 1961) is a Russian cosmonaut.

Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space, on August 10, 2003, when he married Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was in Texas, while he was 240 miles over New Zealand, on the International Space Station. As of March 2011, Malenchenko ranks tenth for career time in space due to his time on both Mir and the International Space Station (ISS).


Ekaterina Dmitriev Malenchenko poses with a cardboard cutout of cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, following a long distance wedding ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in Houston.