In the weeks leading up the 2012 summer games, the mantra amongst the doodlers was "Hooray for sports!"
This was not just because doodling for the Olympics was a past time dating back to the ancient history of the year 2000
, but also because we had some especially fun surprises in store in the form of interactive sports video games
on the way.
Now, before the button mashing was to begin, a series of static sports-inspired doodles ran. You might have noticed by our doodles for the likes of Alan Turing
and Ada Lovelace
, we're a bit more geek than jock. So, when the Mars Curiosity Rover landed during the middle of our javelin doodle's run, we couldn't help but to pay homage.
It was a subtle change, but fortunately many Google users noticed – including the Mars Curiosity Rover
Posted by Ryan Germick, Doodle Team Lead