Space agency names Mars rock after Rolling Stones — NASA InSight

Carla Harmon
August 24, 2019

The iconic rock band The Rolling Stones now formally reaches Mars.

NASA geologist Matt Golombek added: "I've seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career". "The name Rolling Stones Rock is a ideal fit", she said. While landing on the red planet surface it displaced a rock that rolled a fair distance in view of its on-board cameras.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the naming last night at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena - near InSight mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory - just before Mick Jagger and band began their performance.

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.

They said it was a great way to kick off their "Stones No Filter" tour.

When the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) landed the Mars InSight Rover on the Red Planet, a lot of stones and dust went flying.

The Rolling Stones thanked NASA for the honour after they took the stage for their set.

You can see a visual representation of the rock's journey below.

NASA says the new name isn't official because the International Astronomical Union is in charge of assigning the scientific names of places and objects in the solar system, such as planets, asteroids and locations on other worlds.

NASA has named a rock there after the band. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon, NASA's Artemis program is the next step in human exploration.

InSight is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the Martian crust, mantle, and core. A number of European partners, including France's Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), support the InSight mission.

Downey has shown his love for science and space over the years. Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) supplied the temperature and wind sensors.

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