The United States launched a space telescope Kepler on 7th Mar 09 at 10:49 pm from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The telescope was built at a cost of US$600 million and its mission is to find Earth-like planets in a faraway pathc of the Milky Way galaxy. The historic voyage may be the first mission capable of answer the age-old question: "Are there other worlds like ours out there?" This telescope is capable of observing about a hundred thousand stars which are between 600 and 3000 light years away.
The chart is rich with historical space symbolism. The transit North Node and Moon is conjunct the national South Node showing the significant timing and historic nature of the historical moment. Transit Pluto is opposite national Venus. Pluto rules outer space and space flight. Venus in this aspect denotes the connection with which we want to make with other worlds in the galaxy.
Transit Uranus is opposite natal Neptune and square Mars. Uranus rules science, technology and exploration whereas Neptune is symbolic of space and spaciousness. Mars on the other hand represents the air force. Moon, Uranus and Neptune are all planets that are symbolic of the telescope. Transit Mars and transit Neptune are in a quincunx to Mercury, and Mercury is a planet of flight, representative of the space launch.
Transit Jupiter is trine natal Saturn. Jupiter also symbolises distant voyanges and exploration and Saturn rules boundaries and limits. Hence this aspect is apt symbolism for space exploration.