There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
Robert Downey Jr. announced the name, taking the stage just before the band’s set at the Rose Bowl that’s just a stone’s throw from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year. The rock’s name was made public at last night’s Rolling Stones concert
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 November 26 2018.
The rock only moved about 3 feet but that’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a craft on another planet.