Wernher Von Braun was a German-American rocket expert and pioneer in space technology. By age 20, Braun was Germany’s top civilian specialist in rocketry and became the chief designer of the V-2 rocket. After the war, he worked on rockets, missiles and space satellites for NASA. He is credited as being the “Father of Rocket Science”. Under NASA, he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. According to one NASA source, he is “without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history”. His crowning achievement was to lead the development of the Saturn V booster rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in July 1969
In Capricorn Research’s collection of 737 Scientists, the most common aspect by some considerable distance is that of Mars’ conjunction to the Ascendant with a score of 162% of the expected figure. From such a large sample size, this score has strong statistical significance. The second most common aspect is Mars’ opposition to Jupiter with 146%.
This is a particularly interesting finding when one considers that most of the scientists in this study were pioneers in the own field. Pioneers in any field would expect to have a strong Mars and its conjunction with the Ascendant would mean that its energy would have to be expressed assertively. Mars in opposition to Jupiter tends to show a character with strong vision and appetites for exploration together with a tendency to overdo things and to expend a lot of energy in their chosen area.
Werner Von Braun has Mars conjunct the Ascendant in Gemini, the most common Scientists Sun sign. Gemini is a natural for experimentation, it is constantly involved in assimilating, comparing and processing information.
Braun also has Mars opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius, the sign of vision and long distance travel. Mars is also conjunct Pluto which always brings an explosive power to anything it touches.
Mars conjunct Pluto and the Ascendant in Gemini opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius is the best astrological description of a rocket scientist imaginable.
With all this Mars / Jupiter / Pluto energy and strength in Aries and Gemini we would expect Wernher Braun to thrust himself forward and its no surprise that he reached the top of his field in Germany at such a young age. The only problem would be burnout but Braun has a Moon / Saturn conjunction in Taurus which gives him extra focus and concentration and the ability to carry through on his ideas.
In astrology, consecutive signs are always very different from each other. Each sign is a reaction to the previous one. Aries is all about initiating things quickly but Ariens often do not take full profit from the pioneering ideas because they lose focus and change direction. Taurus follows Aries and is all about preserving and maintaining something and making sure it has practical use and application. Taureans have great staying power but their problem is that they can become too fixed and lack adaptability. Gemini follows Taurus and here the whole direction is to break up patterns that have become too crystallised. Geminis are interested in comparing what they have with other things and learning from the experience.
So Wernher Von Braun has the pioneering initiative of an Aries with the concentration and focus of a Taurus and the adaptability and openness to new ideas of a Gemini.
Towards the end of the 1950s the U.S. Navy had been tasked with building a rocket to lift satellites into orbit, but the resulting Vanguard rocket launch system was unreliable. In 1957, with the launch of Sputnik 1, there was a growing belief within the United States that America lagged behind the Soviet Union in the emerging Space Race. American authorities then chose to utilise von Braun’s experience with missiles to create an orbital launch vehicle.
As director of the Development Operations Division of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, von Braun developed the Jupiter-C rocket which successfully launched the West’s first satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958. This event signaled the birth of America’s space program.
NASA was established by law on July 29, 1958 with Von Braun an important part of the team. The next day, the 50th Redstone rocket was successfully launched from Johnston Atoll in the south Pacific as part of Operation Hardtack I.
Pluto was square Von Braun’s Moon in 1957 – 58.
Braun’s dream to help mankind set foot on the Moon became a reality on July 16, 1969 when his Saturn V rocket launched the crew of Apollo 11 on its historic eight-day mission.
Pluto was in square to Braun’s Mars / Pluto / Ascendant conjunction in 1969 a suitable astrological tribute to the rocket man himself.
After placing a man on the moon, the Apollo program was cut back, and facing severe budget constraints, von Braun retired from NASA in May 1972.
Pluto was opposite Braun’s Sun in 1972.
In any person’s life Pluto will usually make one transit to the Sun, Moon and Ascendant. Invariably these transits will be the three major turning points in the person’s life. Their degree of importance will be determined by how significant each is in terms of its own aspects.
In Wernher von Braun’s case the Ascendant transit was the most dramatic because it also included Mars and Pluto and this culminated with his lifetime achievement of getting a rocket to propel a man to the Moon.
If you look at anyone’s chart you will see this principle clearly at work. Astrology is very simple, after all its not rocket science.