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Green Day Celebrates Mars Landing

November 27, 2018

NASA made history when it landed a spacecraft on Mars on Monday, and a certain rock band from Northern California was along for the ride – in a way.

After the InSight mission touched down on the red planet, Green Day revealed its connection to the moment. It turns out that “Green Day Since 1986” was etched on a chip that was part of the lander.

The band tweeted a picture to prove it, and a clever commenter congratulated them for beating fellow rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars to the punch.

A pair of satellites trailed InSight throughout the six-month, 300-million-mile journey and helped send back pictures just minutes later. The spacecraft is designed to drill into Mars’ interior. More than half of previous missions to Mars had failed.

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