Apollo 11 Launch - First Lunar Landing
On July 16, 1969 at 9:32am, three astronauts, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. lifted off of pad #39A at Cape Canaveral in Florida aboard a 3,817 ton Saturn V rocket. Four days later, Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar soil and uttered the now-famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
When launching anything such as a marriage, business, or project, a good astrological chart is important for its success. Such was the case for liftoff of the Apollo 11 spacecraft which eventually landed the first men on the Moon's surface. The kingly sign Leo is rising signaling domination of the space race that the United States would assume. Leo's ruler, the Sun, gets a boost from fearless Rahu which underscored the risks involved in this momentous undertaking. It is placed in the 12th house of foreign lands which certainly the moon is...and the ruler of that house, coinicidentally, is the Moon which is strongly posited in her own sign.
All would not proceed smoothly however as the 12th house is known to bring about losses and Rahu's influence can be unpredictable. There was the loss of and continuing spottiness of communication between Mission Control in Houston and the lunar lander shortly after it separated from the command module on its descent toward the moon. Then, 4 minutes into its landing sequence there was the frightening "1202" program error alarm on the lander's computer followed by a "1201" error. Both codes indicated a computer overload and threatened to shutdown and reboot the computer which would have resulted in an aborted mission. The decision to continue the landing was given. Add to this the scary situation of not finding the expected flat surface to land on and running out of fuel. They landed with merely 25 seconds of fuel remaining.
Courage to attain the seeingly impossible mission is advanced by strong Mars in its own sign of Scorpio and also mooltrikona ruler of the 9th house of good fortune. The influence of good fortune extends to the cardinal houses and to the 11th house of hopes and dreams. Strong Venus in the 10th house captured the hearts and imagination of the public who breathlessly followed the flight. It's rulership of the 3rd house of initiative and courage is so telling in this chart.
The role of benefic Jupiter on the MEPs (Most Effective Points) was to promote the status and standing of the mission (on the 2nd and 10th houses) and to protect against any possibility of accidents and setbacks (on the 6th and 8th houses). Those roles were magnificently accomplished and the legacy of this incredibly daring and meticulously planned feat will forever remain with humankind.