Green Day has become part of the latest unmanned mission to Mars. When the InSight probe landed on the red planet on Monday (November 26th) after a six-month, 300 million mile trip, it was reported that a chip featuring the words “Green Day Since 1986” etched on it was included inside the lander.
The band posted a picture on Facebook with the caption: “Officially landed on Mars. ‘Green Day Since 1986’ was etched on a chip on the NASA InSight lander that landed at Elysium Planitia today. Out of this world.” It is unclear how the band managed to get the engraving placed onto the chip.
The InSight probe launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California back in May and will spend two years on the Martian surface, where it will soon begin studying the interior of the planet to discover how celestial bodies with rocky surfaces are formed. The successful landing was the eighth in human history on Mars.
Green Day itself is staying put on Earth for the moment, although the punk trio recently hinted that either new music or live shows could be on the way from Foxboro Hot Tubs, which is actually a pseudonym that Green Day recorded and performed under a decade ago.
— Green Day (@GreenDay) November 26, 2018