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NASA names a Martian rock after the Rolling Stones

Updated : 2019-08-23 14:07:54

There is now a "Rolling Stones Rock" on Mars, and it's giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction. NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the new moniker was made public at Thursday night's Rolling Stones' concert at the Rose Bowl. "NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can't believe it," Mick Jagger told the crowd after grooving through a rendition of "Tumbling Dice." ''I want to bring it back and put it on our mantelpiece." Robert Downey Jr. announced the name, taking the stage just before the band's set at the Southern California stadium that is just a stone's throw from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages InSight. The rock, just a little bigger than a golf ball, was moved by InSight's own thrusters as the robotic lander touched down on Mars on Nov. 26. The Rolling Stones and NASA logos were shown side by side in the run-up to the show as the sunset over the Rose Bowl, leaving many fans perplexed as to what the connection was before it was announced. The concert had originally been scheduled for spring before the Stones postponed their No Filter North American tour because Jagger had heart surgery.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, from left, of the Rolling Stones perform during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, from left, of the Rolling Stones perform during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood, right, and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones perform during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood, right, and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones perform during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones waves to the crowd during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones waves to the crowd during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, center, performs with his Rolling Stones bandmates, from left, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, center, performs with his Rolling Stones bandmates, from left, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Downey announced that NASA has officially named a rock spotted rolling across the surface of Mars by its InSight lander
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Downey announced that NASA has officially named a rock spotted rolling across the surface of Mars by its InSight lander "Rolling Stones Rock." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The logos for the band The Rolling Stones and NASA are displayed side-by-side on video monitors onstage before the Rolling Stones' concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Actor Robert Downey Jr. announced from the stage before the show that NASA has officially named a rock spotted rolling across the surface of Mars by its InSight lander
The logos for the band The Rolling Stones and NASA are displayed side-by-side on video monitors onstage before the Rolling Stones' concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Actor Robert Downey Jr. announced from the stage before the show that NASA has officially named a rock spotted rolling across the surface of Mars by its InSight lander "Rolling Stones Rock." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Robert Downey Jr. addresses the crowd before the Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones walks the stage as bandmates Keith Richards, left, and Charlie Watts perform during the concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones walks the stage as bandmates Keith Richards, left, and Charlie Watts perform during the concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs during the group's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, center, performs with his Rolling Stones bandmates, from left, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mick Jagger, center, performs with his Rolling Stones bandmates, from left, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood left, and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones perform during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ron Wood left, and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones perform during the band's concert at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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