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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- The Rolling Stones - Five By Five EP - 2nd - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $22.20, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 03-Oct-2022 13:49)on October 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm
ROLLING STONES Five By Five (1972 UK boxed logo label issue of the 1964 5-track 7" mono EP with intact four prong centre, including If You Need Me, Empty Heart, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Confessin' The Blues & Around & Around, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are in Excellent condition with just a few minor signs of wear or play DFE8590)
- The Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons - 1st (2nd Variant) - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $138.75, €142.50 (New Item) (arrived 03-Oct-2022 09:38)on October 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm
ROLLING STONES Between The Buttons (1967 UK first issue 12-track stereo vinyl LP on the second variant blue & silver label with 'Mirage Music' on the left and unboxed Decca logo label, front laminated picture sleeve with a pinched spine. The sleeve shows just a some shelfwear and some creasing to the spine, there is also some foxing to the rear panel but overall still remains in solid shape, whilst the vinyl is Excellent. A very good and respectable copy of this pressing SKL4852)
- The Rolling Stones - Bravo - EX - German - vinyl LP - £125.00, $138.75, €142.50 (New Item) (arrived 29-Sep-2022 15:04)on October 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm
ROLLING STONES Bravo (Rare 1965 German-only first issue 14-track Stereo vinyl LP with red label design, released in conjunction with the Hör-Zu TV magazine, within a fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some light general wear,with some age yellowing to the edges and laminate lift/peel to the opending edge. The labels remains very clean with no paper loss and just a few spindle marks, however the vinyl looks really clean with just the odd light cosmetic scuff. An excellent example and the first we have seen in over tthree years! SHZT531)
- The Rolling Stones - Miss You - Pink - EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £18.00, $19.98, €20.52 (Back In Stock) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 11:26)on October 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm
ROLLING STONES Miss You (1978 UK limited edition 12" single pressed on PINK vinyl, also including Far Away Eyes, bevelled cornered top opening picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little corner creasing & thevinyl remains in superb condition with few signs of play 12EMI2802)
- The Rolling Stones - She's So Cold - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $33.30, €34.20 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 14:17)on October 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm
ROLLING STONES She's So Cold (1980 Japanese 2-track Promotone label vinyl 7" single manufactured by Toshiba EMI, also including Send It To Me. Housed in a green & white Toshiba EMI record company papr sleeve and comes complete with a picture insert with lyrics on the reverse ESS-17067)