Why Instant Ramen Inventor Momofuku Ando Floats in Space in Google Doodle

Today's Google "Doodle" celebrates the 105th birthday of Momofuku Ando.

Google is featuring three illustrations of Ando, and one of which he is seen floating in space. Why? In the 1990s, he introduced instant noodles that could be eaten beyond Earth: “Space Ram.”

“People have to eat no matter where they go, even outer space," he said, according to Google's blog.

“I’ve realized my dream that noodles can go into space," Ando said at the time, according to his obituary in The New York Times.

In the other doodles, Ando is shown inspecting noodles under a microscope and waiting for his noodles to warm up during a significantly shorter amount of time than the typical three minutes.