Rockers 30 Seconds To Mars were feted in Texas on Monday (18Mar13) as a local official renamed the day in their honour.

Frontman Jared Leto and his bandmates were in Houston to visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Mission Control Center on the eve of releasing their new song Up In The Air.

They were given an extra thrill as local council member James Rodriguez named 18 March (13) 30 Seconds to Mars Day, and handed them a special certificate commemorating the event.

The stars posted a photograph of themselves holding the document on their page, before they headed to Nasa's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for a tour of the compound.

Earlier this month (Mar13), 30 Seconds To Mars teamed up with Nasa chiefs to celebrate their latest single by launching the first copy into space on board a SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station (Iss).