Couple get engaged on zero-gravity flight

May 6, 2007 at 9:02 PM
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NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- A man proposed to his girlfriend during the weekend while the two were aboard a zero-gravity flight that took off from New York's La Guardia Airport.

Alexander Loucopoulas, 32, arranged the 90-minute flight aboard the Boeing 727. He told The New York Post the flight cost $3,500 per person -- but it was worth it to him to see the shock on his girlfriend's face as he presented the ring.

Loucopoulas, a banker in private equity, said he wanted a unique experience.

"I was so surprised. I'm in total shock," said his fiancee, Graciela Asturias, a 27-year-old architect who lives in Manhattan.

Loucopoulas said he wasn't afraid he'd drop the ring, but did worry it might float away in zero-gravity.

The flight was arranged by Space Adventures of Virginia, which also organized Charles Simonyi's $20 million flight to space last month.

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