Google has decided to honour Sally Ride, the first and the youngest woman from America to go into space in June 1983 with a doodle on her 64th birth anniversary and for a change, there are five different doodles which pop up as you keep refreshing the search page.
A video along with the Google Doodle shows the early life of Sally who was born on May 26, 1951, a national tennis player who went on to do her Ph.D. at Stanford before joining NASA in 1977.
Created by Olivia Huynh and animator Nate Swinehart, the doodle for the first time goes with a blog post by Tam O’Shaughnessy, who is the life partner of Sally Ride and CEO of Sally Ride Science, where she narrates Sally’s flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger, and her contribution to inspire children grow interest in science and technology. She died in July 2012 from pancreatic cancer.
Remembering Sally Ride, Tam says, “As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride—who would have been 64 today—captured the nation’s imagination as a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers.
But her historic flight represented just one aspect of a remarkable and multifaceted life. She was also a physicist, a science writer, and an inspirational advocate for keeping kids excited about science as they go through school.”
Ever since her first flight into space on June 18, 1983, Sally Ride turned an environmentalist as well teaching kids in schools on the importance of keeping our planet green and preserving the biosphere. She was also among the first to highlight the climate change through her books.
After her NASA career, Sally became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego where she found many girls, especially those on positive discrimination loosing interest in science and math.
When she found out that many kids turn away from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) due to high aura around who should become scientist, she realized the need to instill confidence in those girls to go ahead with their interest in science, projecting herself as a role model.
In 2001, Sally with her friend Tam and three other friends started Sally Ride Science to create awareness programs on science and to motivate students to study STEM which has been made more fascinating, creative, and fun by the group.
The forum has trained thousands of teachers on how to spark and sustain interest in STEM and eventually reached out to millions of students.
Remembering Sally three years after her death, Tam writes, “I know she would be honored by today’s Google Doodle. With whimsy, it expresses Sally’s sense of fun and adventure, and her ability to inspire young people. And who knows—maybe her Doodle will motivate some girl or boy somewhere in the world to become a scientist and adventurer just like Sally.”
I” want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!”
No wonder, Google honoured her in five different doodles in a unique way for the first time.