Before I get into today’s astrology in the next post, first a brief comment about NASA bombing the Moon on Friday.
At Planet Waves, we consider ourselves the friends of astronomers. Astrology the way we do it is closely wedded to astronomy; for example, our involvement with newly-discovered planets requires that we keep up with news from astronomy and maintain a dialog with astronomers when possible. Their experiments are usually clever and many are doing some great work without ever using an ounce of rocket fuel.
Friday’s experiment, involving plunging two rockets into the Moon, was different. In case you missed this episode, NASA first crashed a rocket into the Moon in an effort to raise a huge dust plume, then look at the dust reflected in sunlight and see what was contained in it. Then a second rocket plunged into the same crater, in an effort to raise more dust that would be looked at by a deep-space telescope; same basic concept. The rockets hit where and when planned, but, unexpectedly, there was no cloud of dust. This was the fourth experiment involving crashing a rocket into the Moon (that we know of) since 1965. And NASA tried to bomb the Temple 1 comet in 2005.
It’s sad to think of the eternal stillness of the Moon being disrupted suddenly by impact explosions on the surface. (There was no sound, as the Moon has no atmosphere to convey sound waves.) One of my friends compared it to raping one’s mother, given the sacred place given to the Moon by so many cultures, religions and spiritual practices.
I have no idea the motives behind this experiment. Obviously the boys are thinking ahead; be it prison colonies or an escape hatch if the Earth doesn’t make it or a staging area for deep-space travel. The asteroid Atlantis, often associated with the abuse of technology and the fear of losing civilization, was at the midheaven of the first impact chart. This suggests something apocalyptic is on their minds, rather than what you might call ‘scientific’. I’m not alone when I say, this is a disgusting idea and needs to stop.