Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mars Gets A Google Doodle...

An animated GIF of the recent Mars 'Google doodle.'

Just thought I'd end this month with this "Google doodle" that honors NASA's recent announcement about liquid water still flowing (intermittently) on the surface of Mars. I'm wondering what will be the next big space event that the world's largest search engine will commemorate with a specially-designed GIF or logo on its homepage? There are too many future missions to give examples of... NASA's InSight lander touching down on the Red Planet's surface next year? The first crewed missions by SpaceX (with its Crew Dragon vehicle) and Boeing (with its CST-100 capsule) in 2017? The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble's successor, in 2018? Or the first crewed mission by NASA's Orion capsule, via the Space Launch System rocket, to the Moon in 2021 (but no later than 2023)? Ah, heck— Google doodle-fy all of 'em!

A screenshot of the Google homepage with the Mars Google doodle on it.

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