Watch This Adorable Marriage Proposal from Space


Jason Hakala, a Seattle native who works at Cut Video, decided to propose to his girlfriend Stella in 2012. We know what you’re thinking — what could be so impressive about a proposal. After all, it feels like we’ve seen it all. We’ve seen elaborate proposals, uncomfortable proposals and even Frozen-inspired proposals. But trust us when we say Hakala really wanted his proposal to be out-of-this-world.

Cut Video just released the proposal video on YouTube this month. Why did he wait until two years later to show the video? Watch to the end to find out.


Jason and Stella met in high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten years later, they met again in Seattle and started going out. When he and his friends planned to honor John Glenn’s orbit around the earth 50 years ago, he realized it was the right opportunity to honor his love with Stella as well.

“Initially that is what it was — a tribute video to space exploration with the addition of my proposal video,” he told The Huffington Post via email. “But later it became more about the proposal. I think there is something romantic about it, in a very nerdy and unique way.”


The launch materials,

The technicalities of it? Jason and his team used a PVC pipe, a weather balloon, an iPhone, a GoPro and a GPS unit. The built structure was launched from a field three hours east of Seattle. The GoPro was pointed towards the iPhone as it played a looped video of Jason’s marriage proposal, as well as the John Glenn tribute.

The balloon was found in a landing spot many hours later and 200 miles away from the original launch point. Stella was present to watch the launch and landing, but the hidden message in the middle was unknown to her the entire time.


The couple after landing, courtesy of Jason Hakala (

It wasn’t until the next day, when Jason, Stella and her family went on a hike, that he played the footage back to her. As she sat next to him in the snow, she saw him from space saying, “It took me a trip to space to finally get the balls to do this, but I love you so much and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”

The answer was a jubilant “Yes!” Jason and Stella married in August 2012 in Hawaii and are now parents to 13-month-old daughter Suvi.



Malaysia Sends First Female Cadet to AXE Apollo Space Academy

Story by Taylor Weik

After facing sexist comments over Facebook in Malaysia’s AXE Apollo Space Race for being the only female contestant out of the 15 applicants, Roshini Muniam was announced the winner on September 24 and will represent Malaysia at the Apollo Space Academy in Florida this December.

Muniam, a 27-year-old post-graduate student and college lecturer at the University of Malaya who dreamed of experiencing zero-gravity from a young age, discovered the competition and after searching for gender-related conditions (AXE markets its body spray towards men, which might explain the male-dominated contest), she applied without hesitation.

The social media-based competition had 15 contestants participate in various physical and mental challenges like scuba diving and constructing rockets over the past couple months, as well as post their bios online for users to vote on who would become “the next AXE-tronaut.”

“Being an astronaut is not just a man’s dream,” Muniam said in the video linked to her finalist profile. “I want to inspire Malaysians and the rest of the world to put their dreams into actions and make them reality.”

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After Facebook released the profiles and photos of the top five contestants –– of which Muniam was one –– angry Facebook users took to the comments section and posted a slew of sexist comments.

“Women should be rejected… it is only for males… if your tampon burst while you are in space, the entire spacecraft will be spoilt,” read one of the responses to Muniam’s photo.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” Muniam responded to the comments from her Facebook page. “I am all out to win this competition because I want to inspire ordinary people to have extraordinary dreams & goals.”

News of the sexist feedback spread to Tumblr, where bloggers participated in one goal: to get Muniam up to first place. And as of September 24, they succeeded.

Muniam will fly out to Florida for space camp for the next leg of the race, where she will continue to compete to be in the top 22 out of 60 international representatives that will be sent to space. If she wins, Muniam will be Malaysia’s first woman astronaut ever.