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The Rolling Stones don’t really need any more honors in their legendary career, but this one…well…rocks.

NASA has named a Martian Rock after the iconic band after discovering it while piloting the NASA InSight lander. Per NASA, “A little larger than a golf ball, the rock appeared to have rolled about 3 feet (1 meter) on Nov. 26, 2018, propelled by InSight’s thrusters as the spacecraft touched down on Mars to study the Red Planet’s deep interior. In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock. It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.”

During the Stones’ show last night  (August 22) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Robert Downey Jr. appeared on stage to announce the news. Video of the announcement can be viewed below.

In a statement, NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director Lori Glaze said, “The name Rolling Stones Rock is a perfect fit. Part of NASA’s charter is to share our work with different audiences. When we found out the Stones would be in Pasadena, honoring them seemed like a fun way to reach fans all over the world.”

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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.