Google Doodles for Astronaut Sally Ride’s Birthday

The physicist and astronaut would have been 64 today.

Google's front page on May 26, 2015. (Screenshot: Brady Dale)

Google’s front page on May 26, 2015. (Screencap)

Dr. Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, and to commemorate her legacy, Google posted doodles inspired by her life on its homepage today. Born in Los Angeles and trained as a physicist at Stanford, she was the first American woman in space.

Dr. Ride travelled to space on the space shuttle Challenger in the summer of 1983. It was the seventh space shuttle mission. It released several satellites into space and conducted multiple scientific and engineering experiments. She was preceded into space by two Soviet women, a blow to America’s progressive image during the Cold War. She traveled to space again in 1984. Subsequent to her career at NASA, she started a company inspiring young people to pursue careers in science, Sally Ride Science.¬†Dr. Ride died in 2012. She would have been 64 today.

Google showed five different doodles. Three commemorate her role inspiring young women to pursue careers in space. One commemorates her two rides on the shuttle and another celebrates her role in developing the shuttle’s robot arm.

All of the doodles were made by artist Olivia Huynh, who also narrated this video about her research for the different animations: