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.