Daedalus

1971 FA. Discovered 1971 Mar. 24 by T. Gehrels at Palomar.

Named for the builder of King Minos' {see planet (6239)} labyrinth, who was subsequently imprisoned there with his son Icarus. Both escaped, on wings of feathers and wax, but whereas Icarus was drowned when the wax in his wings melted {see planet (1566)}, Daedalus went on to Sicily and built there a temple to Apollo {see planet (1862)}. (M 3758) This mythological figure also exists as a lunar crater.

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