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NASA Helps Man With Marriage Proposal

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TITUSVILLE, Fla.-When Ryan Lowe was 16-years-old, he was too nervous to ask then 14-year-old Lyndsey Christman to the prom, so his buddy asked for him.

"I seen her, She said no, Not him. So, it kinda busted my self-esteem a little bit," he explained.

"I was kinda mean in high school, so I kinda blew him off," said Lyndsey

But Ryan persisted, pursuing Lyndsey until he finally won her over. And after eight years together, the NASA electrician decided it was time to come up with a better way to pop the big question.

"I finally got something I thought she deserved. And something big, that no one has ever done before."

Ryan made a simple banner with the question "Will you marry me Lyndsey?” But for a more powerful delivery, he asked NASA to unveil the banner from the giant rocket crane inside the VAB at the Kennedy Space Center, where the two would be attending a company picnic.

What was NASA's response?

"Government red tape and paperwork. I don't know how those people don't have carpel tunnel from writing so much," Ryan explained with a smile.

But in the last piece of paperwork the love-struck electrician got was an approval for him to hang his banner inside this historic NASA rocket facility. But there were conditions. It could be no wider than 18 feet, and because of safety regulations, not an ounce more than 32 pounds.

Painting the sign made it too heavy, so Ryan used duct tape to make the letters. The banner weighed in at exactly one pound less than the limit.

A NASA announcer directed the attention of 7,000 people inside the VAB to look 140 feet in the air. There they found Ryan's big question was not held by his buddy, but the same crane that used to lift the space shuttle off the ground.

The 25 year old was even more nervous than the first time he asked Lyndsey out.

"I couldn't barely hold the ring to be honest."

When Lyndsey turned around, Ryan was down on one knee. Her answer? Well, it was not yes.

"I expected her to say yes, but she said sure," he laughed

"I cried, and then I said 'sure,'" Lyndsey added.

And that answer, is even better, and bigger, than he imagined it would be.

“I'm just happy. I'm glad I said yes," Lyndsey said.

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