Google is celebrating the first American woman in space today, honoring Sally Ride with five different animated logos to mark what would have been her 64th birthday.
Born on this date in 1951, Ride was working toward a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford when she applied to be part of NASA’s space program. She was one of six women chosen, eventually making her historic ride into space as part of the Challenger crew on June 18, 1983.
Following her career as an astronaut, Ride went on to be a writer, environmentalist, and educator. In 2001, she and her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, along with three friends, started the Sally Ride Science program – an initiative to train teachers on how to keep students engaged in science, technology, engineering and math studies.
Created by doodler Olivia Huynh, the five different logos represent Ride’s various roles as both an astronaut and educator. While you can refresh your Google homepage to view each of the doodles, we’ve listed all five here:
The Google Doodle blog post about Sally Ride’s logos, authored by her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, also includes the following video narrated by Doodler Olivia Huynh, sharing her inspiration behind the logos she designed.
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