Even with
millions of Americans chanting “TA-CO, TA-CO” as Mir plummeted to
earth, it wasn’t enough for the space station to hit the Taco Bell
bull’s-eye and deliver free tacos to America.

Since the company announced the free taco offer on Monday,
thousands of television, radio and print news reports have circled the
globe. The company’s phone lines have rung off the hook and millions
flocked to its Web site at www.tacobell.com to find more information.

“We captured the imagination and interest of millions of people
around the globe and put a smile on their faces,” said Chris Becker,
vice president of brand communications, Taco Bell Corp. “We’re
disappointed that the space station Mir-ly missed our target, but
we’re happy people enjoyed the challenge and the fun personality that
the Taco Bell brand is known for,” added Becker.

Taco Bell Corp., a division of Tricon Global Restaurants Inc.
, is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service
restaurant chain serving tacos, burritos, signature Chalupas and
Gorditas, nachos and other specialty items. Taco Bell serves nearly 40
million consumers each week in more than 7,200 restaurants nationwide,
generating $5.2 billion in system-wide sales.