To commemorate the 46th anniversary, the iconic sci-fi TV series "Star Trek", Google created an interactive doodle live on Google's home page. The "Star Trek" TV series was first aired September 8, 1966 ("The Man Trap") .
A Google+ post explains "a team of outstanding designers and engineers, and numerous Star Trek fans at Google, got really creative with this one."
In today's Star Trek Doodle, the letters recreate the main characters from the bridge of the original Starship Enterprise. Google gives letters eyes, hair, the Starfleet insignia and multi-colored shirts, representing uniforms worn by the characters on the show. Google has forgone the green "l," as green was not a uniform color. The most noticeable capital G represents Spock, adorned in a blue shirt, short haircut, pointy ears, unibrow and gold braids indicating his rank of commander. Lt. Uhura, Captain Kirk, Doctor "Bone" McCoy and helmsman Mr. Sulu are also depicted in the letters.
Like the series, the Google Doodle pays homage to Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek" vision by letting you explore and discover new scenes involving the "characters" that are the letters represnting Google. The goal is to find the letter "e," an unnamed Redshirt.
You really want to play with the logo, just visit Google.com today -- after Sep. 8, it will live on as part of Google's gallery at www.google.com/doodles.
Also, check out StarTrek.com's interview with Google Star Trek doodle's man Ryan Germick, who shed light on the Trek-themed doodle and would neither confirm nor deny the existence of Easter eggs embedded within the Trek doodle.
Rumor is there's an Easter egg to be found in the Trek doodle. How much truth is there to that?
Ha-ha. Well, the entire doodle is basically an Easter egg. You're not going to get any spoilers out of me, but one thing I will say: no red shirts were harmed in the making of this doodle. Well, maybe harmed a little, but it could've been worse!, Germick said.
Here's a short video from diTii.com demonstrating the doodle: