NASA STS-1 Launch

STS-1 Astronauts Young, Crippen
STS-1 Crew, John Young (L), Bob Crippen (R)
The Space Shuttle
STS-1 Launch
Launch Chart
Astronaut John Young
Astronaut Robert Crippen
STS-1 Launch Chart Planets

The Space Shuttle

Even before the first Moon landing on Apollo 11, President Nixon appointed a Space Task Group to be headed by Vice President Spiro Agnew to determine what to do after the Apollo Program.  The report was completed September 15, 1969 after the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon.  The report covered the range of possibilities from a Space Shuttle, Space Station, Moon base, and trip to the Red Planet.  However, by January 1970 public support for the Space Program in the United States had already faltered.  In spite of the great feat of landing a man on the Moon and bringing him safely home in the last decade, President Nixon and Congress informed NASA of budget cuts that led to the end of the Apollo Moon missions in December 1972 before the last of the Apollo rockets were launched.  For the post-Apollo era, Nixon refused to back any of the options of his Task Group except an even cheaper Space Shuttle.

James Fletcher became NASA Administrator on April 27, 1971.  He began working with Congress to secure funding for the Space Shuttle.  In order to fund the Space Shuttle, Congress required that NASA team up with the Air Force.  So, NASA was forced to accept Air Force requirements.  This was contrary to a civilian space agency, since the paradigms of the civilian sector and the military are entirely different.  However, NASA accepted the Air Force requirements, which included a larger payload bay, greater cross range capability, and launch on demand.  The cross range requirement led to the delta wing design.  The assumption was being made by Congress and the Air Force that the Shuttle would be used for satellite launches.  The new requirements essentially put NASA in charge of all satellite launches in the US.   However, the Air Force would have first call to intervene at any time for secret military missions.

On top of all this, there was a big catch.  Congress and the President were unwilling to give NASA the funds to develop the next generation operational space vehicle.  The result was that the liquid booster had to be scraped, since it would require development of new engines capable of Mach 6.  That meant that NASA had to use solid rocket boosters to get more bang for the buck.  In the end, NASA came up with a proposed Space Shuttle design that was severely compromised by price.  It met everyone's requirements, but made no one happy.

Nixon, Fletcher, 1-5-72On January 5, 1972 in San Clemente, California, President Nixon agreed to the Space Shuttle proposal as presented by NASA Administrator Fletcher.  Congress had already agreed to fund the new concept.  Of course, there was no design yet.  It was only a concept with a host of requirements that could not be achieved for the price, nor operated to achieve the lofty goals of assured, economical access to space.  Even the man on the street had a hand in the Space Shuttle proposal because he saw the NASA budget of $4 billion a year as too extravagant.

STS-1 LaunchSTS-1 Mission Patch

STS-1 Cockpit, Crew 10-1-80NASA's first Space Shuttle, with an Orbiter named Columbia (Orbiter Vehicle 102), was finally ready for launch on April 10, 1981.  The Commander was John Young, the most experienced astronaut, and the Pilot was Robert L. Crippen.  The Mission Patch featured the Shuttle inside the vortex of a horn blasting off from Earth and piercing the circle of an orbit around the Earth.  A horn piercing a circle symbolizes a broken covenant.  The covenant that was broken was God's covenant with man, who was created to be fruitful and multiply on the Earth.  Man's home was the Earth, and the aim of the Space Shuttle was to defy that decree of God (Gen 1:28).

On the scheduled Launch day after tanking of Liquid Hydrogen and Oxygen was complete and the astronauts were onboard, a problem occurred at T-20 minutes.  When the Backup Flight Computer was brought online, it failed to synchronize with the other four Primary General Purpose Computers.  Because of a timing skew detected by the Backup Flight Computer, it failed to initialize and the Launch had to be postponed.  Once the problem was understood, Launch was rescheduled for April 12.

STS-1 Firing Room KSC, 4-12-81STS-1 Launch, 4-12-81STS-1 was successfully launched on April 12, 1981 at 7:00/03 AM EST (1200/03 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A.  The Launch was controlled from Firing Room 1 with the blast-proof steel louvers covering the large windows closed as a precaution (picture at right).  It was the first flight of the Shuttle.  Mission objectives were primarily to test the Shuttle.

STS-1 Landing, 4-14-81The first flight of the Space Shuttle that covered 37 orbits over two days was successful.  However, the shock wave from the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB's) knocked off 16 tiles and damaged 148 others.  This problem was corrected with modifications to the Sound Suppression Water System.  The mission ended with a landing on the dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 10:20/57 PST on April 14.

Launch had been scheduled for April 10, 1981, Day 100, where 100 stands for maximum divine good production.  However, the divine providence intervened, and the launch of Columbia, OV-102, finally occurred on April 12, 1981, Day 102, where the numbers mean:  12 - authority, 81 - grace counterattack of Jezebel, and 102 - divine division (2).  April 12 also carried the stigma of being the anniversary of the beginning of the War Between the States.  Although NASA didn't know it at the time, its new alliance with the Air Force and the limitations of the Shuttle design were destined to erupt into a conflict like the evil of the War Between the States.

Launch Chart

NASA STS-1 Launch, 4-12-81The Chart of the STS-1 Launch contains a Kite and a Catwalk.  The Kite is a symbol of blessing associated with operational stability.  In spite of the design limitations imposed by committee (Congress, Air Force, and the President), the first flight of the Space Shuttle was highly successful.  The Focus of the Kite was the Savior Planet in Cancer, for an evangelist.  NASA was an evangelist for the Space Shuttle.  The Catwalk is like a bridge over a chasm.  It ran along the primary axis of the Kite and symbolized access to space from Earth.  The Sun Sign was Pisces, for a priest, who represents man to God in Heaven.  The power of the Sun Sign was enhanced by two planets in conjunction with the Sun, plus another planet in Pisces.  The resulting four planets in Pisces were highly symbolic of reaching into Heaven.

The Moon Sign was Cancer, which would normally symbolize security of a family, or the crew.  However, the Moon was in conjunction with the bottom of heaven, which symbolized the death of the crew, or the crew going down to Sheol.  This didn't happen on the first flight, but it was destined to happen in 2003.  The Moon in conjunction with IC was on the left side of the Kite, which corresponds to its left wing.  Columbia broke up on entry years later on STS-107 in 2003 when its left wing was breached by ice during Launch.

The Ascendant Sign was Aries, for the fleet leader.  This was the first Space Shuttle launch.  Midheaven was Capricornus, for the glory of the world.NASA STS-1 Launch Chart, 4-12-81

The Kite

The Kite is a symbol of the blessing of operational stability, like a person who flies over the problems of life.  The Kite symbolized the Space Shuttle, which was the world's most complex flying machine.  The Kite points to its Focus, which was the Savior Planet in Pisces, the symbol of an evangelist.  NASA would be an evangelist for the Space Shuttle in spite of its limitations.  It was easy to sell man on the glory of space travel, although it was difficult to get the money to do it.

The head of the Kite (opposite the Focus) was the conjunction of the Almighty God Planet and the God of the Covenants in Virgo, the Virgin, and symbol of a civilian as opposed to a soldier.  The Almighty God Planet in Virgo symbolizes a powerful woman.  The Orbiter itself could symbolize a powerful woman.  However, the Shuttle Program, unlike its predecessors, brought women into the workplace along with women astronauts.  Although it never caused major problems, it did cause stress on the job, which was already under the curse of Adam (Gen 3:17).  To this was added the curse of the woman (Gen 3:16).

The God of the Covenants in Virgo symbolizes a caretaker, which can also be interpreted as a maintainer or maintenance worker.  The Shuttle would require extensive maintenance.  In fact, the maintenance requirement would be so great that the vehicle could never be made truly operational.  In spite of NASA's most valiant attempts, it was finally conceded that every launch was like launching a new vehicle just as it had been on previous programs.

If the head of the Kite is viewed as indicating direction, it was pointed down, which symbolizes going down.  This implies going down to destruction.  Even though the first Launch was successful, the Orbiter Columbia was eventually doomed to break up during re-entry.

The other wingtip of the Kite was the Mediator Planet in Scorpius, for a fraud.  To put it bluntly, this was the NASA lie.  The Space Shuttle could never live up to its billing.  It was doomed by the President and Congress before the design ever began.  And during the design process even more compromises occurred and continued through the operational phase.  By the time of the Challenger disaster, even the decision making process was fatally flawed.  NASA, with its reputation for lying, was believing its own lies.  In December 1996, ten years after the Challenger disaster, the Challenger's Left Inboard Elevon (LIE, a poem) washed ashore on Cocoa Beach to further emphasize the point.


The Catwalk in this Chart, with 3 planets on one end and 4 on the other, is one of the strongest that will ever be seen.  The Catwalk, which stretches from Virgo to Pisces, symbolizes a bridge, or ladder, from Earth to outer space.  Pisces is the home of God in Heaven, and Virgo is the home of the woman on Earth.   The planets in Virgo were:

  1. Almighty God - symbolizes a powerful woman.  This was a new era for women workers in the space program on the ground as well as astronauts.
  2. God of the Covenants - symbolizes a caretaker, which includes the army of maintenance workers required to keep the Shuttle flying.
  3. Last Adam - symbolizes mortal man, who was made for the environment of Earth - not space.
The planets in Pisces were:
  1. Savior - symbolizes an evangelist.  NASA sought to evangelize the world on the merits of space travel.
  2. Red Planet - symbolizes martyrs and suffering saints.  Although the STS-1 astronauts were not martyrs, their Columbia Orbiter would later take its crew to their deaths.
  3. Sun - symbolizes a priest, who represents man on Earth to God in Heaven.
  4. Morning Star - symbolizes a high priest.  NASA was like a high priest in taking the lead into space.
The Catwalk through the central axis of the Kite has additional symbolic meaning.  The Catwalk also symbolizes the Solid Rocket Boosters of the Space Shuttle.  Furthermore, when the head of the Kite indicates direction, the Catwalk and Kite are depicted as going down.  This symbolizes going down to destruction.


The Redeemer Planet in Sagittarius symbolizes financing an army.  This points to the large budget required to finance the army of government and contractor workers in the space program.  It also brings to light economics as the single greatest impact to the Space Shuttle design, development, and operation.  The President and Congress sealed its doom with the budget.  History has proven that the cheaper solution was not the safest.

Astronaut John Young

John Watts Young was born September 24, 1930 in San Francisco, California at 10:10 AM PST.  In 1933, his family moved to Cartersville, Georgia and moved to the College Park neighborhood of Orlando, Florida in 1939.  He received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952.  Upon graduation, he joined the Navy.  He married the former Barbara V. White of Savannah, Georgia with whom he had two children.

Young was deployed on the destroyer, USS Laws (DD-558) until June 1953, which included a tour in the Korean Seas.  He then became a fighter pilot, and was a test pilot from 1959 to 1962.  In 1962, he set time to climb records for 3,000 meters and 25,000 meters in the F4B Navy fighter.

Young joined NASA in the second group of astronauts in September 1962 along with Neil Armstrong.  He was Pilot of Gemini 3, the first manned Gemini flight, on March 23, 1965; and he was Commander of Gemini 10 in which the Pilot, Michael Collins, made two space walks.  On Apollo 10 in May 1969, he flew the Command Module solo in Lunar Orbit while Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan flew the Lunar Module in lunar orbit for the first time.  The number, 69, stands for running the course.  Apollo 10 set a manned vehicle speed record at 27,791 mph on the return trip from the Moon.  Young was Commander of Apollo 16 (April 1972) in which he drove the Lunar Rover and became the ninth person to walk on the Moon.

In 1969 during the Apollo Program, Young was one of three astronauts involved in a divorce.  That year he was 39, for the sin unto death.  By the summer of 1971, he was divorced from his wife Barbara.  He soon married Susy Feldman, a 29-year-old secretary at JSC, who was from St. Louis.

Young was Commander of the first flight of the Space Shuttle, STS-1.  He was also Commander of STS-9, the first flight of the Spacelab.  He became the first person to fly in space six times and the only person to pilot four types of spacecraft.  Young became Chief of the Space Shuttle Branch of the Astronaut Office in 1973.  In 1974, he became Chief of the Astronaut Office.  Following the Challenger disaster, from May 1987 to February 1996, he served as Special Assistant to the Director of Johnson Space Center (JSC) for Engineering, Operations, and Safety.  In February 1996, Young became  Associate Director (Technical), responsible for technical, operational and safety oversight at the Johnson Space Center.  John Young retired from NASA on December 31, 2004 with 42 years of service.  He lives in Seabrook.

John Young Birth ChartJohn Young's Birth Chart contains a Bucket.  In a Bucket the lone planet on one side of the Chart becomes the Focus of all the other planets, which are on the other side.  The focus is like a star used for navigation.  It may be a goal that absorbs the attention and concentration.  The person with a Bucket in the Birth Chart would allocate all of his faculties and resources to reaching the goal.  The Focus in Young's Chart was the Mediator Planet in Pisces, which symbolizes a priest.  A priest of God represents himself and others to God, who is in Heaven.  A priest of Baal, like Balaam or Jezebel, tries to reach Satan, who resides in the heavens and on Earth.  John Young did not appear to be seeking God, but he was definitely focused on reaching the heavens as an astronaut.

The Sun Sign was Virgo, the Virgin, which in a man's chart can symbolize a relationship with a woman, such as Marriage Culture and the civilian side of society as opposed to the military.  Although Young was a Navy Commander, he worked as a NASA astronaut most of his life.  The Savior Planet was also in Virgo, which symbolizes a child.  Young had two children as well as grand children.

The Moon Sign was Libra, the Balance.  The Moon in Libra in Young's Chart symbolizes a round trip to the Moon in which the Moon and Earth are held in the Balance.  Libra was also the Ascendant Sign, which means one of the best indicators of John Young's life was that of an astronaut who went to the Moon and drove the Lunar Rover.  The Morning Star was also in Libra, which symbolizes decisive justice, as with a rod of iron smashing a clay pot.  John was known for being a harsh and blunt critic.

Midheaven was in Leo in conjunction with the Redeemer Planet, which symbolizes a famous government redeemer.  Young worked for the government in the Navy and with NASA and became one of the most famous astronauts.  The Redeemer in Leo also symbolizes the US Government as the financier of the very expensive space program.

The bottom of heaven was in Aquarius, which corresponds to Florida and symbolizes the Earth passing behind as Young was launched into space.


The Bucket symbolizes a person who brings the planets on one side of the chart to bear on the Focus of the Bucket on the other side of the chart.  The Focus in Young's Chart was the Mediator in Pisces, which symbolizes a priest, who seeks rapport with God in Heaven.  Whereas, there was no indication that Young was seeking God, he was an astronaut who went to the Moon in the heavens.  That's as high as any man has ever gone.  An early example of Young's focus was his graduation from Georgia Tech with highest honors.  Georgia is in the region of Pisces on the Zodiac Map.

John Young's quiet, focused nature can be attributed to the Bucket in his Birth Chart.  This combined with the Ascendant Sign of Libra to symbolize his no-nonsense approach.  His focus and detachment was so strong that it appeared to some to be autistic.


There was a Stellium of three planet in Gemini, which gives strong significance to that sign in the Chart.  The Red Planet and Almighty God Planet were in conjunction, and the Last Adam only three degrees away.  The meaning of these planets in Gemini was:

  1. Red Planet - bloody witnesses.  These are witnesses associated with suffering, such as the two witnesses in Jerusalem (probably Moses and Elijah) in the Tribulation (Rev 11:3-7) or the witness of the Prostitute of Babylon (Rev 17:6).  The two astronauts on the Moon symbolized the two witnesses in the Tribulation.  John Young's justification for space travel, to prevent the destruction of the human race, coincides with Ecumenical Babylon associated with the Prostitute of Babylon.
  2. Almighty God - a patriarch or feasting.  John Young as the most senior astronaut, chief of the Astronaut Office, and Associate Director at JSC symbolized a patriarch over the astronaut family in NASA.  Feasting is a sign of celebration and prosperity.  It corresponds to Young's job in charge of astronaut food processing during the Gemini Program.  He smuggled a corned beef sandwich onboard during the Gemini 3 Mission and celebrated eating it in space with Gus Grissom.
  3. Last Adam - family.  This symbolizes John Young as a member of the astronaut family in NASA.
Gemini also corresponds to California.  Young was born in California and landed the STS-1 Orbiter Columbia in California.  California was also a major manufacturing center for NASA spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle Orbiters.


The God of the Covenants in Sagittarius symbolizes the flight rules, plans, and procedures required to fly spacecraft into space.  Astronauts must follow these rules meticulously.

Astronaut Robert Crippen

Robert Laurel Crippen was born September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas.  He grew up from age 5 in Porter, Texas north of Houston.  He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in 1960.  There he met his first wife, Virginia Hill, whom he married in his senior year.  Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and became a pilot.  He flew an A-4 Skyhawk from the USS Independence aircraft carrier from 1962-64.   He attended the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  In 1966, he was selected for the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Program.

He joined NASA as an astronaut in September 1969 during the Apollo Program.  He was on the support crew for the Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.  He was the Pilot of the first flight of the Space Shuttle, STS-1, April 12-14, 1981.  He was the Commander of three more Shuttle missions in 1983-84.  He Commanded the STS-7 mission, which carried the first American woman, Sally Ride, into space aboard the Challenger.  And he was named Commander of STS-62A, the first Space Shuttle to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but the mission was canceled after the Challenger disaster.

He worked at Kennedy Space Center from 1987 to 1989 as Deputy Director, Shuttle Operations for NASA Headquarters.  He was Director, Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990-92.  He retired from the Navy as Captain and was Center Director of Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 1992-95.  He served as Vice President with Lockheed Martin Information Systems in Orlando, Florida from 1995-96, and was President of Thiokol Propulsion from December 1996 to April 2001.

Bob Crippen Birth ChartRobert Crippen's Birth Chart contains a Star of David, the most propitious configuration in astrology, and a Horn, the symbol of power.  The Solid Rocket Boosters of the Space Shuttle are shaped like horns.  A Star of David is the sign of a person who has higher standards of quality than the norm and who may appear to be high minded and may best be understood in the spiritual realm.  The person may be like a superstar.  Crippen excelled in the astronaut corps, which made him like a superstar.  As a Commander of Shuttle missions, he was a high profile leader, who even rose higher with appointments as Center Director of Kennedy Space Center and President of Thiokol.  He claims to have instituted quality management techniques at Kennedy Space Center, which enabled the budget to be reduced by 25%.

The planets at the base of the Horn were the Savior in Virgo, for a royal son, and the Red Planet in Scorpius, for bloodshed.  As pilot of the first Shuttle mission, Crippen was like royalty.  The curse of bloodshed would later occur when two Orbiters and their crews would be lost.  Crippen was training for the first Vandenberg launch when the Challenger blew up.  The Horn pointed to the Mediator in Aries, for an initiator. As pilot of the first Shuttle, Crippen captured his place in NASA history.  When the Challenger blew up, Crippen was set on the path to become Center Director of Kennedy Space Center.  That is the meaning of the Horn pointed toward the Mediator in Aries.

The Sun Sign was Leo, which symbolizes a ruler.  He became a Navy Captain, Commander of Space Shuttle missions, Director of Kennedy Space Center, and President of Thiokol, maker of the Solid Rocket Boosters.  The influence of Leo was further strengthened by the Redeemer Planet in conjunction with the Sun, for a government redeemer.  Crippen worked most of his life for the government.  The Savior Planet was also in Leo on the cusp of Virgo.  This symbolizes a royal son.  Although Crippen was not royalty, as an astronaut, he was treated like royalty.

The Moon Sign was in Scorpius, which symbolizes the Prostitute of Babylon.  This was a powerful influence from the Cosmic System.  To make it worse, the Red Planet was also in Scorpius as a symbol of bloodshed and violence.  Taken together, the Moon and Red Planet in Scorpius could symbolize the two-fold attack of Satan as the Evil King (bloodshed) and the Prostitute of Babylon.  Crippen was training in Los Alamos, New Mexico for the first Vandenberg launch when the Challenger blew up.  That bloodshed wound up canceling his mission and propelling him into the jobs of Deputy and then Director of Shuttle Operations in Washington, DC.  It also brought him into contact with his second wife, Pandora, who worked as an engineer with NASA at KSC.

Midheaven was in Libra, for a famous businessman.  This was Crippen as KSC Center Director and President of Thiokol.  The bottom of heaven, IC, was in Aries, for a fallen leader.  Also in Aries was the Mediator Planet, for an initiator.  Crippen was an initiator as the pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight.  He was due to fly the first Shuttle from Vandenberg Air Force Base when the mission was canceled after the Challenger disaster.

The Ascendant Sign was Sagittarius in conjunction with the Almighty God Planet, a sign of a mighty army.  This describes Crippen as a significant member of the army of workers in the space program.  It further indicates a person who attacks his job as if he were mounted cavalry in combat.

The Descendant Sign was Gemini, which corresponds to California.  The Shuttle landed in California initially, and Crippen was previously in the MOL program, which was stationed at the Los Angeles Air Force Station in California.

Star of David

The Star of David is a sign of a person with higher standards of quality, who may think on a different paradigm, and who may be understood only in the spiritual realm.  Crippen was preoccupied with job performance.  Sometimes his prowess got him into trouble with his stodgy management, however.  He was called down for tossing a microphone around the cabin on orbit to his fellow astronauts.  And he was reprimanded for positioning the Shuttle robotic arm into the shape of the numeral, 7, to match the STS-7 mission patch.

The Star of David is also an unstable configuration.  It is like a wheel with six spokes but no rim, which makes for a bumpy ride.  The person with the Star of David symbolically jumps from one spoke to the next.  Crippen felt that he had to change jobs every three to five years.


The Last Adam and Morning Star were in Cancer.  The Last Adam in Cancer symbolizes scourging.  And the Morning Star in Cancer symbolizes a triumphal procession.  These symbolized low points and high points of Crippen's life.  The low points of scourging included the cancellation of the MOL program, the Challenger and Columbia disasters, and the national cursing that faced the country.  The celebration at Ellington Field after STS-1 honored Crippen and Young like a triumphal procession.  Crippen also received many of the nation's highest awards.


The God of the Covenants in Pisces symbolizes mystery doctrine.  This is the underlying spiritual doctrine available only to the initiates, which drives an organization.


The first Launch of the Space Shuttle for the STS-1 Mission on April 12, 1981 was the beginning of the operational era of manned space flight.  The date was the anniversary of the beginning of the War Between the States.  And it was Day 102, corresponding to the number of the Columbia Orbiter, OV-102.  The numbers of the date mean the weakness (4th month) of the man's authority (12) over the woman as symbolized by the grace counterattack of Jezebel (81).  The war that began that day was between NASA and the Air Force.  The war was between a civilian agency and the military establishment.  In order to preserve freedom, the two must be separate and distinct.  This was symbolized by Day 102, where 2 is for divine division.  Although it was not yet obvious, the marriage of the Air Force and NASA was doomed to fail.  The marriage broke up with the end of the Challenger almost five years later on January 28, 1986.

The Launch Chart of STS-1 is one of those rare designs where the planets align to form the simple picture of an historic event.  The Chart contained a Kite, which symbolized the Orbiter, and a Catwalk, which symbolized access to space.  The axis of the Kite and Catwalk stretched between Virgo, for the woman on Earth, and Pisces, for a priest, who represents man to God in Heaven.  Virgo symbolized the civilian component, and Pisces symbolized the spiritual component.  The military establishment was not part of the main pictures.  It was left on the sideline as symbolized by the Redeemer Planet in Sagittarius, for financing an army, or the conjunction of the Moon with IC in Cancer, for the death of an army (or crew).

The gathering of seven of the ten planets into the two signs of Virgo and Pisces added even more power to the symbolism of reaching from Earth to Heaven.  The Almighty God and God of the Covenants Planets were in conjunction and the Last Adam nearby in Virgo to symbolize powerful, mortal civilians.  Three planets were in conjunction (including the Sun) and a fourth was nearby in Pisces to symbolize priests, evangelists, and martyrs of the spiritual dimension of Heaven.  However, the Space Shuttle did not fly into the Heaven of God, but into the heavens, the realm of the angels, where Satan sought to rule as god.

The symbolism of Pisces was further emphasized in the Birth Chart of the STS-1 Commander, John Young.  Young's Chart contained a Bucket with a Focus of the Mediator Planet in Pisces, which signifies a priest.  This also symbolizes a person focused on the goal of reaching the heavens.  John Young's mission in life coincided with the STS-1 Mission to carry man into the heavens.  Further, Young's Sun Sign was Virgo, which was opposite Pisces.  His Sun Sign of Virgo symbolized Marriage Culture and civilians.  Even though both Young and Crippen were in the Navy, they flew for NASA, a civilian agency.

The Birth Chart of Bob Crippen, the Pilot, contains a rare Star of David, which is the most propitious sign in astrology.  It symbolizes blessing along with a powerful spiritual aspect.  Crippen's Sun Sign was Leo, which symbolizes a ruler.  The Sun was in conjunction with the Redeemer Planet, which symbolizes a government redeemer.  Although the STS-1 Launch was blessed, Crippen's Chart begins to reveal Satan's involvement in human space flight.  Satan would soon champion the International Space Station to establish his throne in the heavens.  This corresponds to ruler in Leo in Crippen's Chart.  Also in Crippen's Chart the Red Planet and Moon in Scorpius can symbolize Satan, the murderer (or bloodshed of the Evil King) and Prostitute of Babylon.  Thus, Crippen's Chart reveals Satan's plan to use the Space Shuttle to put up the Space Station to symbolize Satan's throne in the heavens, which is analogous to the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven in the Millennium.

And I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from the source of God, having been prepared as the bride who has been adorned for her husband. (Rev 21:2)
The Ascendant Sign in Crippen's Chart is Sagittarius with the Almighty God Planet in conjunction, which symbolizes a mighty army.  This symbolizes Crippen in the Navy and in the army of NASA workers.  However, it also symbolizes the attack of the Air Force on NASA, and in prophecy it symbolizes the mighty army of the Lord Jesus Christ returning to the Earth from space at the Second Advent.  So, with the Space Shuttle and future Space Station, Satan is luring the Air Force into space with NASA.  Crippen was later named Commander of STS-62A to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but the mission was canceled after the Challenger disaster.  The number, 62, stands for the end.  The marriage of the Air Force and NASA ended after the Challenger disaster.

The Launch Chart of STS-1 also had Midheaven in Capricornus, for worldly glory.  Capricornus also corresponds to Texas, the home of Shuttle Mission Control at Johnson Space Center.  Bottom of heaven, IC, was in conjunction with the Moon in Cancer to signify death of the crew, which happened on STS-107.  This also symbolized damage to the left wing of Columbia, which happened on STS-107 and led to the loss of the Orbiter and crew.

STS-1 Launch Chart Planets

Sun Pisces Priest
Moon Cancer Death of crew
Savior Pisces Evangelist
Morning Star Pisces High Priest
Red Planet Pisces Martyrs
Almighty God Virgo Powerful woman
Ring Planet Virgo Caretaker
Mediator Scorpius Fraud
Redeemer Sagittarius Financing an army
Last Adam Virgo Mortal



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Released June 2008 - Revised Sept. 7, 2014

Author: Larry Wood
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