Introduction: ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has launched the first lunar spacecraft, Chandrayaan-1 on October 22, 2008. This remote sensing spacecraft will bring forth many facts related to the mineralogy of the moon as one of its objective is to unravel the mysteries behind the evolution of the solar system in general and moon in particular. In the light of this, GaneshaSpeaks explores the possibilities of this mission becoming successful.
Date of launch - October 22, 2008
Time - 06:20 AM
Place - Sriharikota (India)
Chart of Chadrayaan 1 Mission Launch
Astro Analysis for success and failures
The ascendant Lord debilitated in the Navamsa chart and in the sign of enemy in the natal chart leads one to believe that the mission may fail. But, Ganesha notes that ascendant Lord Sukra is in trine to the Lord of the tenth house of success and is also trine to the tenth house cusp. This is a strong factor influencing the mission. The mission will see success and will be a great achievement with most of the objectives being achieved.
Operations may not be smooth because Ganesha notices that the ascendant is Swati Nakshatra owned by Rahu, a malefic planet of separative nature. The images that the craft captures may not be clear and there may be some disruptions which may, at times, not allow the cameras to function. But strange enough, the main mission of the project is to take photographs and images, which are all the functions of Rahu. So, in that perspective the Swati Nakshatra will be fairly supportive. Still, Rahu being the Lord of the ascendant Nakshatra, will not fall back on demonstrating its malefic and malicious effect.
Sun, the Lord of the eleventh house of gains, of the mission launch chart is debilitated and in applying square to the tenth house cusp and the tenth house Lord. This is a clear indicator that any large scale, social or institutional benefits may not be there. Still for the sake of knowledge and information gain, which is the primary objective of the mission, the project will be a success. This seems to be possible because Guru, the significator of knowledge and information, is Swagruhi and is in trine with natal Shani, a YogKaraka planet for Thula Lagna (Libra Ascendant). Shani is also the Lord of the fifth house of knowledge and aspects its own house to while being in trine with Guru. This supports Ganesha's perception that the project will be highly successful on these matters.
Astro Analysis for problems
Success will not come easily due to the following issues:
Mangal, a Marak planet, being the Lord of the second and the seventh house falls in the ascendant and the ascendant Lord is in the Marak Sthaan. This indicates probabilities of technical issues, fires, metal parts getting dysfunctional or redundant and torn or broken and issues related to heat could also come up. Problems related to gases, like oxygen, and wind may cause problems and hindrances. Ganesha foresees that around the ninth day of the launch on 31st October or 1st November 2008. These problems on 31st October or 1st November may be caused by liquids and chemicals or caused to liquids and chemicals. Hence, there is need to check all these, twice.
Astro Analysis for timing of problems
The Month of December will be difficult. Ganesha then does not foresee any serious problems till February 05, 2009, after which the mission may be in grave danger because of technical problems coming up every now and then.
From March 2010, the project may continue to be in trouble with snag not expected and without any plausible cause or reason. It could break and may have damages too.
A new perspective
Ganesha this time considers Heliocentric Astrology in this matter, as an object from Earth has now gone into space. As space having a Geo-centric view is not logical, one needs to mix the Heliocentric view too.
In this parlance, lets have a note of the planetary positions as per the Heliocentric chart. Here it can be noted that there is no ascendant, houses or angles but only signs and planets are present. Heliocentric chart being the position of planets from Sun and not Earth as in the Geosentric chart, you will find a major difference in the sign positions of Mercury (Budha) and Sukra (Venus), some difference in the sign position or degrees of Mars and minor differences in sign and degrees of the rest of the planets. It can be noted that this being Heliocentric chart there will be no Rahu and Ketu axis.
Note that Venus the ascendant Lord of the GeoCentric chart is in SesquiQuadrate to Shani. Jupiter, the significator of knowledge and the Lord of the third house of communications of the GeoCentric chart is also SesquiQuadrate to Shani. This indicates that the mission may be impacted by restrictions and delays in its functions and breakdowns. This also means that there may be delays throughout its functioning for the coming two years, till the Chandrayaan 1 will be orbiting Moon.
Notice that the Earth in the Heliocentric chart is in Aries, the sign of heat, fire and Marak sthaan as per the GeoCentric chart. Moon as it orbits the Earth, will also be in Aries, so the Chadrayaan will also be in Aries. Earth too receives SesquiQuadrate aspect from Shani, which again signifies and promises or say double checks and thus confirms the above reading that the mission may face delays and restrictions in its functions.
Earth being square to Venus and Jupiter, in the HelioCentric Chart, means that the mission has started on the point of friction and thus it may not achieve or get ideal working conditions and may not be able to perform the activities it is aiming to.
The main responsibilities or say modalities and functions of the Chandayaan 1 are basically Neptunian in nature, in addition to Venusian and Mercurial.
Notice that in the HelioCentric chart Neptune and Mars are in square to each other and Mars as per the GeoCentric chart is a Marak planet. This prompts the notion and feeling that technical snags and problems may occur specifically with issues related to Neptune like radiography, films and recording devices, chemicals etc.
In the HelioCentric chart, Mercury receiving trine aspect from Mars, Uranus and Saturn, may at least save some of the responsibilities and functions, though problems will still be present. Gas and dryness, as well as heat and electricity related issues may crop up but will be solved.
Venus again is completely disturbed as per the aspects listed above in the HelioCentric chart. This may result in dysfunction and an almost completion of the project's goal and prime expectations.
Finally, Ganesha feels that the project though will be successful to some extent, it may be a loss on the technical soundness and efficiency quotient. There may be new things for the scientists to learn from the project.
Wishing India and ISRO all the best and great success.
Rikhav Khimasia & Bhavesh N Pattni
The GaneshaSpeaks Team