Friday, October 1, 1999 Published at 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
A rocket with extra pepperoni
The service module will form the ISS living quarters
Fast food giant Pizza Hut Inc is to put its logo on the side of the Russian rocket that will deliver into orbit the next stage of the multi-billion-dollar International Space Station.
The rocket will be carrying the long overdue service module that will act as the ISS's living quarters.
He refused to name the exact price. Company officials had wanted to use lasers to shine a giant logo on to the surface of the moon, but they started looking for an alternative promotional idea when they learnt that the image would have to be as big as Texas to be seen by earthlings more than 380,000 kilometers (238,000 miles) away.
The Proton launch will now be the centrepiece of a major space-oriented ad campaign, including commercials featuring the blastoff and in-store promotions.
It's not the first time an American company has paid the cash-starved Russian space programme for an ad. PepsiCo Inc. paid $5m three years ago to have cosmonauts float a replica of a soda can outside the Mir space station.
The 41-year-old pizza chain is trying to overhaul and update its image by spending $500m to modernise its restaurants.