This rolling rock of Mars has been baptized in honor of the Rolling Stones

A little bigger than a golf ball, NASA has dedicated a curious rolling rock on Mars to the Rolling Stones. The reason the rock has rolled is none other than human intervention.

The rock seemed to have rolled a meter on November 26, 2018, driven by InSight's retro-rocket vehicles when the spacecraft landed to study the Red Planet.

The Earth control team of NASA's InSight landing module has informally named a rock on Mars 'Rolling Stones Rock' because it is as far as NASA has seen a rock roll when a spacecraft lands on another planet. In the images taken by InSight the next day, several grooves can be seen on the orange-red ground behind "Rolling Stones Rock".

During a concert this August 22 in Pasadena, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were delighted with the news with these words:

What a wonderful way to celebrate the 'Stones No Filter' tour that arrives in Pasadena. This is definitely a milestone in our long history full of events. A big thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen.

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