Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Rolling Stones get Mars rock named after them, Robert Downey Jr. reveals

Rolling Stones get Mars rock named after them, Robert Downey Jr. reveals

"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", NASA said in a statement.

The concert had originally been scheduled for spring, before the Stones postponed their No Filter North American tour while Sir Mick underwent heart surgery.

It only moved about 3ft, but that is the furthest Nasa has seen a rock roll while landing a craft on another planet.

Over multiple decades, The Rolling Stones have enthralled music lovers from across the globe, and now the legacy of the English rock band gets extended to Mars, courtesy NASA.

According to The Sun, Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie said the honour was "a milestone in our long and eventful history".

Actor Robert Downey Jr. made the announcement before a sell-out crown of Rolling Stones fans.

"When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars' surface".

One of these, it turns out, is that the band has had a rolling stone on Mars named after them - the stone has aptly been called the "Rolling Stones Rock".

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"I want to bring it back and put it on our mantlepiece", Jagger, on stage at the Stones' Rose Bowl concert on Thursday, said of the wee boulder.

He declared it as the Rose Bowl, California before the Stones came on stage for their performance.

The stadium is about three miles from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which runs the Mars InSight mission.

The greatest rock band in history now have a pretty special rock dedicated in their honor.

In images taken after landing, a trail can be seen - clear signs of the stone's "rockin' and rollin'". "This one probably won't be in a lot of scientific papers, but it's definitely one of the coolest", said JPL geologist Matt Golombek in a press release from the agency.

The Rolling Stones have entertained fans around the world for decades.

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

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