RECENT LOCATIONS

Close
Add a location
Edit your saved locations

Nov. 13 Google "doodle" honours Canadarm


Google chose to use its Nov 13 "doodle" to honour Canada's contribution to space exploration, the Canadarm. Courtesy: Google.
Google chose to use its Nov 13 "doodle" to honour Canada's contribution to space exploration, the Canadarm. Courtesy: Google.

The Canadian Press

November 13, 2012 — Search engine giant Google used its Nov 13 "doodle" to depict the Canadarm.

The Canadarm was at the cutting edge of robotics technology.
The Canadarm was at the cutting edge of robotics technology.

The anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm years ago is being celebrated on Google.ca with a doodle.

The image on Google Canada's home page depicts an astronaut floating in space and manipulating the Canadarm to spell out the L and E in Google.

Google's chief doodler Ryan Germick says the suggestion for the image came from the company's Canadian offices a few months back. He says his team chooses from "hundreds and hundreds" of doodle ideas to work with and is on track to have completed about 300 by the end of 2012.

Germick says the Canadarm doodle took "several tens of hours" to complete.

The Canadarm had its first mission on Nov. 13, 1981 on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia.

"For doodles we really try to sort of celebrate things that are exciting to Google as a culture and we think will be exciting for our users,'' says Germick. "We're big proponents of technology and innovation and knowing this is one of the really cool things that Canada has done for space technology we thought it would be the perfect thing to celebrate."

The Canadarm is 15 metres long with a 33-centimetre diameter and a weight of about 410 kilograms. The dexterous robotic arm was used to move and retrieve satellites and provide support for astronauts during spacewalks, among other tasks.

Its final mission with shuttle Endeavour ended June 1.

Sign in or Sign up to submit a comment.




Comments





Take your weather with you, no matter where you go.

Get instant forecasts and alerts, right on your computer.

  • RSS & Data
Add weather updates to your website or RSS reader.