NASA named a rock on Mars
- This is the farthest, that NASA has seen a rock roll across during the landing of a spacecraft on another planet, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said in a statement.
- The announcement was made by actor Robert Downey Jr., at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena before The Rolling Stones took the stage. “Cross-pollinating science and a legendary rock band is always a good thing.
- The InSight mission is led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is based in Pasadena. Part of NASA’s charter is to share our work with different audiences.
- The Rolling Stones took the stage at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, 2019. NASA’s Mars InSight lander team named a Martian rock ‘Rolling Stones Rock’.
- By doing this it gets easier for the space scientists to discuss the different objects and refer to them in the scientific papers. So even though the name ‘Rolling Stones Rock’ is informal, it will appear on working maps of the Red Planet, the JPL statement said. The US space agency will use its robotic missions to the neighbouring planet to prepare itself for human exploration there.
- Apart from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian space agency Roscosmos will also jointly launch the ExoMars programme next year.
- NASA has also recently confirmed the next phase of development of its Europa Clipper mission which is an interplanetary mission to explore for extraterrestrial life on Jupiter’s Galilean moon Europa.