Rock On Mars Named After Rolling Stones

The team behind NASA’s InSight lander has named a Martian rock after the music legends, the Rolling Stones.

A little larger than a golf ball, the rock appeared to have rolled about 3 feet on November 26, 2018, propelled by InSight’s thrusters as the spacecraft touched down on Mars to study the Red Planet’s deep interior.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. announced Thursday at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium before the iconic band took the stage that a rock on Mars had been named “Rolling Stones Rock.”

The Stones were delighted with the news. “What a wonderful way to celebrate the ‘Stones No Filter’ tour arriving in Pasadena. This is definitely a milestone in our long and eventful history. A huge thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen,” said the band members.

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