Published: Sun, August 25, 2019

Rolling stone named after Rolling Stones on Mars

Rolling stone named after Rolling Stones on Mars

The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts thanked NASA for the wonderful honor for having a Martian rock named after them.

The Mars rock, just a little bigger than a golf ball, was moved by InSight's own thrusters as the robotic lander touched down on the red planet on November 26. This Mars rock rolled farther than any @NASA's seen while landing on another planet.

"The name Rolling Stones Rock is a flawless fit", Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division in Washington, said in a statement. The announcement was made by actor Robert Downey Jr. on Thursday night during the legendary band's concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

It was - quite literally - a rolling stone, so the scientists chose to give it that name "in a fit of fandom and clever association", Downey said. As such, the "Rolling Stones Rock", while an informal title, will appear on working maps of the Red Planet. "I want to bring it back and put it on our mantlepiece".

"Tonight, @NASAInSight named "@RollingStones Rock" after the band, who is playing a show at @RoseBowlStadium near our lab.

The InSight mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

In images taken after landing, a trail can be seen - clear signs of the stone's "rockin' and rollin'".

He also said: "We walked up and down Hollywood Boulevard looking for the Rolling Stones star, but couldn't find it". "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.

As NASA reports, official names for objects throughout the solar system can only be assigned by the International Astronomical Union. Recently NASA's first interplanetary west coast launch to Mars was a resounding success, kind of like the No Filter tour.

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