From Planet Rock.
57 years into their glittering career, The Rolling Stones have been bestowed with the ultimate honour – yes, a rock on Mars has been named after them.
Back on 26th November 2018, NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars and sent a small rock, sized slightly bigger than a golf ball, flying a metre across the barren red surface of the planet.
NASA aptly dubbed rock in question the ‘Rolling Stones Rock’, as they explain: “Scientists working with NASA’s Mars rovers have given lots of unofficial nicknames to rocks and other geological features.
“Doing so makes it easier for them to discuss different objects and refer to them in science papers. So, while the name Rolling Stones Rock is informal, it will appear on working maps of the Red Planet.”
Geologist Matt Golombek, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, enthuses: “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career. This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”
Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. took to the stage before The Rolling Stones’ show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California last night (22nd August) to officially reveal the rock’s name to the public.
The 92,542-capacity stadium, which hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, is just a stone’s throw away from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mick Jagger later told the audience during the band’s set: “NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can’t believe it… I want to bring it back on put it on our mantelpiece.”
NASA is using its robotic missions to Mars to help prepare for eventual human exploration of the Red Planet.
Rolling Stones Rock on Mars (centre-ish) © NASA/JPL-Caltech
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- Rolling Stones - Black And Blue - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Jun-2020 13:58)on June 6, 2020 at 8:57 am
ROLLING STONES Black & Blue (1980 UK 8-track LP, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve complete with 'studio engineer's notes' style card inner. The sleeve shows only minor wear with a small glue spot to a back corner & the vinyl is Near Mint CUN59106)
- Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones No. 2 - 80s - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2020 14:44)on June 6, 2020 at 8:57 am
ROLLING STONES The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1982 UK MONO issue of the 1964 12-track vinyl LP on the red boxed Decca label, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with some age yellowing at the edges & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play LK4661)
- Rolling Stones - Rolled Gold - 2nd - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2020 07:50)on June 6, 2020 at 8:57 am
ROLLING STONES Rolled Gold (1976 UK second issue 28-track double vinyl LP compilation on the black & silver Decca label, gatefold picture sleeve with Decca Record Company address inside. The sleeve shows signs of shelfwear with some light edgeand ringwear, whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play ROST1/2)
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ROLLING STONES Some Girls (1989 UK issue of the 1978 10-track LP, housed in a redesigned non die-cut picture sleeve with picture insert. The sleeve shows some minor wear and the vinyl has only light signs of play)
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ROLLING STONES Slow Rollers - Ex (1981 UK 14-track compilation LP, issued as part of the 'Rock Echoes' series. The glossy picture sleeve displays some minor wear and discolouring and the vinyl shows little sign of play TAB30)