"What a wonderful way to celebrate the 'Stones No Filter' tour arriving in Pasadena," the group said in a statement. "This is definitely a milestone in our long and eventful history. A huge thank you to everyone at NASA for making it happen."
Actor Robert Downey Jr. made the announcement Thursday night before the Stones took the stage at the Rose Bowl.
"Cross-pollinating science and a legendary rock band is always a good thing," Downey said.
"The name Rolling Stones Rock is a perfect fit," said Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division in Washington. "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."