It’s not uncommon to have rituals for closure at the end of a relationship. Some people give past mementos away, some have a bonfire and burn everything their ex ever touched, and others – well Rebecca Gibbs – sent her wedding ring into outer space on a homemade rocket.
Gibbs returned to her home in New Zealand after splitting up with her ex-husband in Britain over a year ago. She got rid of other items from their life and wedding, including her dress, but she was left with the ring. As luck would have it, her current partner’s brother is a rocket scientist, and he suggested shooting it into space. Gibbs 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.” It’s definitely an effective way to send blaring “it’s really done” signal.
She hand-painted the rocket, took it to the launch pad, and set the rocket off into the sky. It appeared as through a second blast actually got it through the atmosphere, and I like to think it made it into space. She actually documented the process with a video but, unfortunately, that has since been taken down.
Still—Rebecca Gibbs, I salute you.