India recently made it's first commercial space launch when the PSLV launched an Italian satellite into orbit. No doubt it's a proud moment for India and the scientists who made it possible.
What caught my eye was an small article in the Times of India which mentioned that the launch was scheduled for an 'auspicious' hour (Indian rituals are mostly conducted based on what astrologers and other charlatans decide to be 'auspicious') and that the scientists visited a temple to 'pray for it's success'.
Were propellant and the scientific expertise and manpower that we possess not enough to launch it? Did we have to resort to age old superstitions at such a proud moment?