Google's Sputnik Logo

I randomly stumbled over an LA Times article discussing complaints over Google's recent logo commemorating the launch of Sputnik in 1957. It would appear that some people in the US see that logo as an affront celebrating "an achievement by a totalitarian regime". Another person quoted in the article says "I have no problem with Google commemorating obscure holidays or some of the trivial anniversaries". Seriously? Do these people really think that the very first time humanity had put anything in orbit around the Earth - an event which marks our first step to becoming a space-faring species - is a "trivial" anniversary that should be ignored? In terms of defining moments for our planet this is right up there with discovering the Americas, circumnavigating the globe and landing people on the Moon.

On a different note, I liked the statement that "Google regularly gives other U.S. holidays the logo treatment, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day".

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 28th Nov 2007 (19:56 GMT) | Permalink
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