Sally Ride Google doodles: How she overnight changed womenâ€™s equation with space
New Delhi: Search giant Googleâ€™s doodles give us many great moments. And one such moment was yesterday when Google released as many as five different doodles celebrating American physicist and astronaut Sally Ride’s 64th birth anniversary. The doodles showed late Sally Rideâ€™s many accomplishments and gave us an idea as to who she was and what she did. The renowned astronaut died of cancer three years ago in the year 2012.
Out of the five doodles that were released by the search giant in a matter of just a few hours, at least four doodles depicted zero gravity that is experienced by astronomers in space.
She is the first American woman to have visited space. She is known as someone who showed that women were as capable to do most things as men, including managing themselves and their scientific tasks in space. Nonetheless it was not everything and merely a small part of her all round achievements. Sally was a renowned physicist, besides being a science writer par excellence.
To be true, despite her life-long interest in astronomy she didnâ€™t know that she will become the first female astronaut from the US. It was in the year 1977 while Sally was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University when she saw an article claiming that NASA was looking for astronautsâ€”and for the first time was allowing women to apply. It was the time that she realized that her long dream had a chance of becoming true. She sent her application, and became one of six women selected as part of the New crop of astronaut candidates. On June 18, 1983, she soared into history as the first American woman in space.
She was very concerned about scientific literature for youth and children. In the year 2001, Sally along with her four other friends started Sally Ride Science to create programs and publications that bring science to life. The program was able to come out with many remarkable publications that gave youth a better idea about astronomy and science as a whole.