New Zealand Woman Launches Her Wedding Ring Into Space

By Brent McKnight | Published

When your marriage falls apart you’re left with little reminders all over the place. Since people don’t generally get divorced because their marriages are super-duper awesome, most of these mementos are probably linked to memories you’d rather forget. And no one item is quite so haunting as that pesky wedding ring.

So what do you do with that little gold band once you no longer need it to show the world your relationship status? Odds are you’d like to get it as far away from yourself as possible. You can give it away, sell it, or, perhaps, blast it into space. That’s exactly how one New Zealand woman dealt with her unwanted souvenir of a time in her life that she’d rather forget.

Rebecca Gibbs, of Christchurch, New Zealand, was so over her marriage that she put her wedding ring in homemade rocket, and launched that sucker into the vast emptiness of outer space. People have probably expressed this sort of sentiment before, but you have to give Gibbs points for gumption and follow through.

It was uplifting, liberating, and it was really supposed to be a positive step, which it was,” she said. “It was also a lot of fun blasting a rocket into the sky.

Cathartic as this experience must have been, a question presents itself. How exactly did Gibbs go about accomplishing this feat? After the dissolution of her four-year marriage, Gibbs moved back to her native New Zealand. She’s apparently dating, and the brother of her new love interest is an honest-to-god rocket scientist. The whole thing was apparently his idea, and Gibbs, who had already disposed of most of her other wedding paraphernalia, like her wedding dress, jumped at the chance for ultimate finality.

And we’re not only talking about closure on her end. For more than a year, she had been receiving emails from her ex, begging her to get back together. So the stunt was not only for her own benefit, but for his as well, “to let him know it was completely over.”

Gibbs documented the entire experience—from construction to launch—and posted the whole thing on YouTube, though the video has subsequently been removed.