NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars past year, and the new moniker was made public at Thursday night's Rolling Stones' concert at the Rose Bowl. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA's Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band. Actor (and sometime jazz musician) Robert Downey Jr joined the Stones in Pasadena to announce to 60,000 fans what was going on.
Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division said.
The connection between NASA and The Rolling Stones goes back to 1964 when the band launched its first album. So even though the name "Rolling Stones Rock" is informal, it will appear on working maps of the Red Planet, the JPL statement said.
NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones" It's Only Rock "N' Roll (But I Like It).
The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Brown Sugar", called the honor "a milestone in our long and eventful history".
The stadium is just a stones' throw from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages InSight.
'Part of Nasa's charter is to share our work with different audiences, and when we found out the Stones would be in Pasadena honouring them seemed like a fun way to reach fans all over the world'.
Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can't Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet).
The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), is a Mars lander designed by NASA to carefully probe the Red Planet.
The Rolling Stones brought their "No Filter" tour to the Rose Bowl Thursday in the band's first performance at the venue in 25 years. "This one probably won't be in a lot of scientific papers, but it's definitely one of the coolest".