Chicago, California, Detroit, and even Ohio all have their own regional takes on the classic pizza pie — and apparently, so does the International Space Station.
In an Instagram post made over the weekend, NASA gave a glimpse of an ISS pizza party, replete with photographic evidence of what may be the grossest-looking “pizza” ever captured on camera. And that’s including Chuck E. Cheese.
In the photos, the international team of space adventurers appear to be having a great time eating what appear to be personal, self-made pizzas with marinara sauce, pepperoni. They resemble adults putting together pizza lunches, but without the steep nostalgia factor associated with the enjoyment of that bygone era of kids’ junk food.
According to Futurism,
Upon closer inspection of these sad little monstrosities, they become even grosser-looking, though zooming in on the table where the astronauts appear to have made these poor approximations of what is arguably Italy’s greatest cultural export does reveal that they used both American and Russian products to make these peace pizzas, so at least it’s a sign of some remaining camaraderie on the orbital outpost.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first pizza that’s been eaten in space. It’s unclear when exactly the first pizza made it to orbit, but Pizza Hut did deliver a six-inch pizza to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachov back in 2001.
In archival footage, Usachov is seen taking out the vacuum-sealed personal pizza out of a space-age oven, which then floats around in zero gravity as he then waits for it to cool down. It must be noted that the 2001 ISS pizza looks a lot more delectable than these sad 2022 versions.
At the end of the day, it’s wonderful to see American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts bond over a shared meal made with ingredients from both countries, even though their respective countries are on the verge of war on Earth.