NASA has named a Mars rock after The Rolling Stones

Brenda Watkins
August 25, 2019

"NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars".

The rock in the center of this image was tossed about 3 feet (1 meter) by NASA's InSight spacecraft as it touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018.

The concert had originally been scheduled for the northern spring, before the Stones postponed their No Filter North American tour because Jagger had heart surgery. That is the furthest distance NASA has even seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet, which is why they've paid special interest to it.

The team behind NASA's InSight lander named a piece of Martian rubble after one of the most iconic bands in music history: "Rolling Stones Rock".

The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Brown Sugar", called the honor "a milestone in our long and eventful history". The actor made the announcement right before the band kicked off their concert at the Rose Bowl stadium in California. "A huge thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen", the group wrote in an official statement.

The InSight Lander is managed out of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

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He added: "I want to bring it back, put it on our mantelpiece".

The Rolling Stones took the stage at the Rose Bowl on August 22, 2019.

NASA's InSight lander is studying the deep interior of Mars, seismic activity, and the frequency of meteor strikes.

The official scientific name of the objects in the Solar system, including asteroids, comets and planets, can only be approved by the global astronomical Union.

The Rose Bowl date, which was rescheduled from May, drew Rolling Stones fans from Pasadena and beyond.

However, scientists working with NASA's Mars rovers have assigned a lot of informal "nicknames" to objects on Mars to help with their missions.

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