Stones rock & now also roll on Mars

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PASADENA, Calif. — There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giv­ing Mick, Keith and the boys some se­ri­ous sat­is­fac­tion.

NASA named a lit­tle stone for the leg­endary rockers af­ter its In­Sight ro­botic lan­der cap­tured it rolling across the sur­face of Mars last year, and the new moniker was made pub­lic at Thurs­day night’s Rolling Stones’ con­cert at the Rose Bowl.

“NASA has given us some­thing we have al­ways dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can’t be­lieve it,” Mick Jag­ger told the crowd af­ter groov­ing through a ren­di­tion of “Tum­bling Dice.”

Robert Downey Jr. an­nounced the name, tak­ing the stage just be­fore the band’s set.

“Cross-pol­li­nat­ing sci­ence and a leg­endary rock band is al­ways a good thing,” the “Iron Man” star said.

He told the crowd that sci­en­tists had come up with the name “in a fit of fan­dom and clever as­so­ci­a­tion.”

“Charlie, Ron­nie, Keith and Mick — they were in no way op­posed to the no­tion,” Downey said, “but in typ­i­cal egal­i­tar­ian fash­ion, they sug­gested I as­sist in procur­ing 60,000 votes to make it of­fi­cial, so that’s my mis­sion.”

He led the au­di­ence in a shout of “aye” be­fore declar­ing the deed done.

The 76-year-old Jag­ger had heart surgery ear­lier this year but showed no signs of poor health as he moved along the cat­walk that ex­tended to the mid­dle of the sta­dium’s field.

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Mick Jag­ger (with drum­mer Charlie Watts) per­forms at the Rose Bowl on Thurs­day.

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