Google Doodle on Amelia Earheart's 115th birthday.

RESEARCHES KEEP SEARCHING, but so far to no avail to find the exact spot where Amelia Earheart went down. Christian Science Monitor talks to both sides and commemorates her life and death and the mysteries that led to wondering where her crash happened so long ago.

TIGHAR researchers say that significant finds on Nikumaroro lead them to continue to believe Earhart and Noonan may have survived as castaways there for some time. They found a zipper from the 1930s, a cosmetic bottle”“ possibly for anti-freckle cream, and human bone fragments.

Other researchers who have been involved in searching for clues to Earhart’s disappearance say TIGHAR has been looking in the wrong place. Earhart, who was attempting to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, had planned to stop and refuel on Howland Island. Some say she wouldn’t have had enough fuel to make it to Nikumaroro, which is about 400 miles southeast of Howland Island.

It’s fitting to also remember another pioneering aviatrix, Sally Ride, who passed yesterday. She was gay and waited until her death to make that fact known.

Sally Ride, an astronaut and physicist who in 1983 became the first American woman sent into space and reluctantly served as an idol of feminist strength and a hero of women’s progress, died Monday at her home in La Jolla, Calif. She was 61. – Sally Ride was first American woman sent into space