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 - Goats Head Soup - RS No.9 Carnaby - Red Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £495.00, $618.75, €554.40 (New Item) (arrived 22-Oct-2020 18:09)on October 23, 2020 at 6:29 am
ROLLING STONES Goats Head Soup - RS No.9 Carnaby (2020 UK limited edition 10-track heavyweight vinyl LP pressed on STONES RED VINYL. The Rolling Stones worked with the Pantone Colour Institute to create the official Stones Red. Pantone visited the Rolling Stones archive in the UK to see the tongue logo on the inner sleeve of Sticky Fingers, the first official usage of the iconic logo, to read the exact components of the red originally used. Stones Redwas then established. This exclusive edition was created to commemorate the opening on 9th September of the first official Rolling Stones store at London's famous Carnaby Street. Limited to just 1000 copies this sold out within a matter of hours. The gatefold picture sleeve is housed inside a custom PVC outer sleeve with an exclusive '9' tongue logo printed on the front. Super cool and super rare, a genuine modern day collectable!)
- Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 20-Oct-2020 08:17)on October 23, 2020 at 6:29 am
ROLLING STONES Brown Sugar (1971 UK 3-track 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Bitch and a live version of Let It Rock recorded in Leeds on 13th March 1971, Rolling Stones company die-cut paper sleeve RS19100)
- Rolling Stones - Golden Prize + Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.25, €50.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 16-Oct-2020 08:29)on October 23, 2020 at 6:29 am
ROLLING STONES Golden Prize (1970 Japanese-only 14-track LP compilation, housed in a unique gatefold picture sleeve with an integral six-page booklet containing biography, lyrics & discography, along with the rare green 'GP' obi-strip. The packaging is Excellent with some light foxing inside & the vinyl remains clean & in Excellent condition with few signs of play GP103)
- Rolling Stones - Rolled Gold - 2nd - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 16-Oct-2020 10:54)on October 23, 2020 at 6:29 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 a little light edge scuffing and ringwear, whilst the vinyl appears barely played ROST1/2)
- Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'n Roll - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 16-Oct-2020 12:21)on October 23, 2020 at 6:29 am
ROLLING STONES It's Only Rock 'N Roll (1974 UK 10-track LP, complete with illustrated credits inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear scuffing & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with the odd faint sign of play COC59103)