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After several years in a toxic union, one New Zealand woman sent the remains of her marriage vows into the next frontier.
No, literally. Rebecca Gibbs built a rocket, loaded her wedding ring into it, and shot that sucker right into space.
"It was uplifting, liberating, and it was really supposed to be a positive step, which it was," she told New Zealand online publication Stuff.co.nz. "It was also a lot of fun blasting a rocket into the sky."
Gibbs married Stephen Page and relocated to his home in the United Kingdom, but after four years together, the couple split up. Gibbs returned to her home in Christchurch, New Zealand ready to move on with her life.
“I found when I came back I had so much stuff left from our life and wedding I had to get rid of, so mum and friends helped, and I gave away my wedding dress, but I was left with this ring and I didn’t really know what to do with it,” Gibbs told Fairfax NZ News.
With the help of her new partner’s brother (who just happens to be an actual rocket scientist), she came up with the idea of shooting her ring into space. “I just thought it was awesome, and it was a really liberating experience for me, and while it was for me, it was also for him, to let him know it was completely over.”
He'll probably get the message.
The video of the launch could be found on YouTube (but has since become private). It shows Gibbs painting the rocket with "flames and a baby Simba" and launching it from a concrete pad at Banks Peninsula.
And just because every great explosion requires a fantastic soundtrack, the video was dubbed over with Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had.”
There’s no telling how far the ring got, but the second phase of the boosters kicked in and seems to have propelled the rocket right through the atmosphere.
What's the craziest way you've ever disposed of memorabilia from a former relationship? Would you launch remnants of your past into space if you could?