CAPE CANAVERAL, Jan. 16, 2003 -- Two years behind
schedule, the shuttle Columbia rocketed into space,
kicking off a 16-day science mission featuring more than
80 experiments and a host of animal research subjects.
With its three main engines at full throttle, Columbia's
solid-fuel boosters ignited with a ground-shaking roar
at 10:39 a.m., instantly pushing the spacecraft away
from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
the orbiter's flight deck were commander Rick Husband,
pilot William McCool, flight engineer Kalpana Chawla and
physician David Brown. Strapped in on Columbia's lower
deck were physician Laurel Clark, payload commander
Michael Anderson and Israeli air force Col. Ilan Ramon.
all went well, Columbia was to return to Earth on Feb.
1. BUT ALAS! The
space shuttle Columbia disintegrated early on the
morning of Feb.1, 2003, over north-central Texas
while returning from its successful mission .
Here is an analysis of space-shuttle's launch-chart,
through Ashtakvarga method of Vedic astrology. Following
is the natal chart casted for it's launch time:
16th January, 2003 at 10:39 am (EST)
Cape Canaveral FL (28N24’20;
above chart has been casted using Chitrapakshiya Ayanamsa]
analyze this chart with the help of Ashtakvarga, we get
Moon was with 4 points in the Kakshya of Mars (a “Shatru” or
"Enemy" of Moon) and
Mars is not one of the contributor
of those benefic points.
Mars is in the Kakshya of Jupiter (“Sama” or
"Neutral" to the Mars) with 4 points, but
again Jupiter is a non-contributor
of a benefic
Jupiter is in the Kakshya of Mercury (an “Adhi Shatru” or
"Bitter enemy" of Mercury) and a
non-contributor too of a benefic point.
Venus is with 4 points in the Kakshya of Venus itself (“Swaa”
and it is a contributor too of one of the benefic
Saturn is with 3 points in the Kakshya of Ascendant and it is a
contributor also of one of the benefic points.
To summarize the above basic information, we see that out of the seven
luminaries, 2 planets (Sun and Saturn) are below par with less
than 4 Ashtakvarga points. Three planets are just at par with 4 points
(Moon, Mars and Venus).
Only two planets (Mercury and Jupiter) have more
than 4 points. But then Jupiter is placed in the Kakshya of an
“Adhi Shatru” (bitter enemy) and that too is a
non-contributor of those points.
Thus, total three planets (Moon, Mars and Jupiter)
are in the Kakshyas of a non-contributor. Two planets (Sun and
Jupiter) are posited in the Kakshyas of an “Adhi Shatru”
(bitter enemy) and one planet (Moon) is placed in the Kakshya
of a “Shatru” (enemy).
Now, ask any student of Ashtakvarga – he will
immediately tell that this horoscope is a doomed one.
Now, let us see the degrees of planets. Three
planets, out of seven planets, are situated in “Mrituansh”
(or, the degrees of death). I have very rarely seen so many
planets posited in fatal degrees in a single horoscope.
Sun in Capricorn at 02:11:36
Mercury in Sagittarius at 21:27:19
Rahu in Taurus at 13:55:19
I hope, readers are well versed with the
“Mrituansh” (the fatal degrees). At the time of birth
(time of Columbia’s Launch) and also at the time of accident
vimsottari dasa was running. Rahu is already in fatal degrees
and Jupiter is placed in the Kakshya of a non-contributing
bitter enemy. Was still there any hope, from an astrologer’s point
of view, that Columbia will safely complete it's journey?
Now see the Ashtakvarga position of this horoscope
at the time of disaster (Feb. 1st, 2003 at 09:00 AM
* Out of seven planets, five planets (Sun, Moon, Mars,
Mercury, Jupiter) were transiting in the Kakshyas of a
non-contributing planet. Out of these five, Mercury and
Jupiter was in the Kakshyas of an “Adhi Shatru” (bitter
enemy). Another two planets (Moon and Mars) were in the
Kakshyas of a “Shatru” (enemy).
* Three planets were transiting in weak signs (with
25 points in SAV); three planets were transiting in just
moderate signs (with 29 points in SAV) and only Saturn was
transiting in a sign with 30 points in SAV (just slightly
* Rahu was still in the “Mrituansh” at the time
were in "Evil" Nakshatras:
Ashtakvarga method prescribes a system in which
Sarvaashtak totals of various signs are summed from
Ascendant to the position of malefics in natal chart
(both signs included). This sum is multiplied by
7 and product divided by 27. The remainder shows
the asterism (from Ashwini), which itself or its trines,
when transited by malefics brings misfortune and other
afflictions to the native. Applying the above mentioned
method, we get the following results:
Mars and Ketu was in “Anuradha”
Saturn was in “Mrigshira”
Both these Nakshatra are “evil” nakshatras for the
above horoscope, as decided by above mentioned
I hope, NASA will take cue from this analysis and
shall try to fix launch dates and return dates of future space
missions taking help of Vedic Astrology.