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Millions of astrologers around the world know that Saturn brings limitations and Jupiter brings success. Uranus brings technological advancements. (trines & sextiles are good, squares & oppositions are bad, conjunctions vary with planets). Just have a look at some of the following dates:-
4th Oct 1957: Sun and Jupiter sextile Uranus.
Sputnik I launched successfully.
3rd Nov 1957: Sun square Uranus
Sputnik II launched successfully but the dog, Laika, died after a week in orbit.
12th Apr 1961: Sun and Venus trine Uranus
First human in space, Yuri Gargarin, launches successfully.
20 Feb 1962: Sun having just opposed Uranus
Successful but there was an unexpected electronic malfunction with the heat shield warning system (Uranus rules electrical equipment).
15 May 1963: The exception: Sun square Saturn
Several things went wrong with the Project Gemini trip.
Gordon Cooper's space-suit persistently overheated.
The water supply system failed.
He felt dehydrated and dizzy.
The automatic steering refused to work and had to be operated manually.
(Note: These are all typical Saturn-related problems!)
22 Jul 1969: Jupiter exactly conjunct Uranus: First humans on the Moon
Mission successful, a giant leap for mankind. Is this beginning to form a pattern?
So, the lesson seems to be to attempt rocket launches when Uranus is favorably aspected to give the expedition the maximum chance of success.
UPDATE: August 31, 2003.
Last week, Jupiter opposed Uranus. Brazil chose August 22 (the timing is quite uncanny) to launch its third attempt at becoming a "space nation". Mars was conjoining Uranus during that week, making this period even more volatile. Definitely not a good time to be pushing the frontiers of science. The rocket exploded on Friday at a jungle base of Alcantara, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, after an engine ignited by mistake. 21 people were killed.
UPDATE: May 11, 2006.
One launch that did not seem to be avoidable was the explosion of the Challenger on January 28, 1986. The planetary aspects between themselves on that fateful day did not reveal much about the intensity of the event that was to take place. I've only recently become aware that the warning took place in the American birthchart itself. Pluto was square the American Node, but again, for technological advancement pointers we look primarily at the position of Uranus. On that day, Uranus at 20 Sag 57 was within half a degree of squaring to the American Mars at 21 Gemini 23. Uranus and Mars in bad aspect are very often involved when bad accidents occur. So, it seems that an extension to the rule is that there should be no close, hard aspects to the birthchart of the country concerned, especially those involving Uranus.
Theory to improve the success rate of Space Launches.
1. Establish the launch window-period and the proposed launch date.
2. Check that there are no hard squares and oppositions to or from Uranus in the daily planet configurations on this day, especially ones involving Jupiter and Mars.
3. Check that there are no hard squares and oppositions, especially from Uranus and Mars, to the birthchart of the country.
4. If there are hard aspects, look for another day within the period.
5. If these rules cannot be satisfied during this period, find another that does.
Scientists, we need you and you need us. Please get off your butts and take a closer look at Uranus. I know you think you have defined "nearly everything", but when you start looking under the hood you will realise that you are not even close. By the way, Jupiter next conjuncts Uranus around June 7, 2010 (last conjunction Jan 4, 2011). You can expect an exciting discovery or event around that time. I'm betting on scientists, at their best, finding proof of the existence of life elsewhere in the galaxy by that time, or at least man landing successfully on another planet or one of it's moons.
Please feel free to have a good laugh at me (preferably publicly). Nobody ever perfected anything the first few times. I don't have to remind you how The New York Times and other media ridiculed Robert Goddard in the 1920's. Gut-wrenching, belly laughter as his first liquid-propellant rockets rose a few metres and crashed back into his Aunt Effie's vegetable patch. How he was banned from testing his rockets because of complaints about the noise and forced to test them in Roswell, New Mexico at his own (and Charles Lindbergh's) expense.
UPDATE Aug 2006: Around mid-month, Jupiter started to move in to a trine (120 degree) position to Uranus. I made a point of taking note of the technological advancements that were sure to arise during this period. Here are some of them:
Tues, Aug 11: Gregory Perelman hailed as one of the greatest minds on the planet, after solving the century-old mathematical riddle, the Poincare Conjecture.
Thur, Aug 13: Scientists announced a breakthrough (typical Jup/Ura) in stem cell research, now requiring only a single cell from a 3-day old embryo to grow stem cells.
London: It emerged this week that scientists have found indications of life-forms in a meteorite from the Red Planet. Tiny tunnels in the rock are believed to have been bored by micro-organisms.
UPDATE Sep 2006: The launch of the Atlantis shuttle is scheduled to take place before September 7. At that stage Jupiter will still be within a 1.5 degrees of trining Uranus. This broad horary alignment will pretty much assure a successful mission. - (Glad to report in hindsight that there were no problems).
What do the stars on each Space Shuttle mission patch represent?
I am not talking about specifics.
In most cases the stars represent fallen astonauts or maybe the members of a team. For a guide to each and every mission patch for the shuttle program go to:
....and for all the other NASA programs:
ORIGINAL THE FINAL MISSION SHUTTLE CARRIERS OF AMERICA SCA NASA PATCH
Kennedy Space Center Atlantis Shuttle Mission Flight Exhibit Space Patch Rare
S039 NASA STS 134 Space Shuttle Mission Patch Endeavour SPACE PATCH 4 3 4
NASA SPACE SHUTTLE STS 73 MISSION PATCH
Signed NASA crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS 61 with patch Claude Nicollier
NASA Space Shuttle STS 51B Mission Patch circa 1985
NASA Space Shuttle STS 50 Mission Patch circa 1992
NASA Discovery Shuttle Mission Flight STS 51i Astronauts Space Patch
STS 67Space ShuttleEndeavour mission patch flown
S041 SPACE PATCH NASA Space Shuttle Mission Allen Fisher Gardner Hauck Walker
NASA Space Shuttle Columbia STS 2 Mission Patch 375 x 3
NASA Space Shuttle Mission STS 107 Astronauts Columbia Embroidered Iron On Patch
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