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How many bands can claim this honor?
As the InSight robotic lander crawled across the surface of Mars last year, it came across a rock, which NASA has now named for the Rolling Stones.
Taking the stage before the Brit rockers’ show in Pasadena on Thursday night, actor Robert Downey Jr. informed them about the finding, dubbed the “Rolling Stones Rock.”
Roughly the size of a golf ball, officials at the space agency saw the rock roll about 3 feet, hence the title.
“NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can’t believe it,” frontman Mick Jagger said, joking, “I want to bring it back and put it on our mantelpiece.”
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 22, 2019
The most ambitious crossover announcement in space?@NASAInSight just named “@RollingStones Rock” on Mars in honor of the band. Watch @RobertDowneyJr announce the @NASA news live on stage at the Rose Bowl ahead of tonight’s concert. https://t.co/868Gbervw1 #MarsRocks pic.twitter.com/xETMzS0H9y
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) August 23, 2019