Tuesday, 22 March 2005

(53311) Deucalion, reset and reload

(5331) Deucalion is a classical Kuiper belt object discovered in April of 1999 and named in June of 2003. It has a perihelion of 41.3 AU and an aphelion of 47.1 AU. It has an inclination of 0.4º. It has a diameter of about 210 km.


Deucalion, who reigned over the region of Phthia, had been forewarned of the flood by his father, Prometheus. Deucalion was to build an ark and provision it carefully, so that when the waters receded after nine days, he and his wife Pyrrha, daughter of Epimetheus, were the one surviving pair of humans. Their ark touched solid ground. Once the deluge was over and the couple had given thanks to Zeus, Deucalion consulted an oracle of Themis about how to repopulate the earth. He was told to cover your head and throw the bones of your mother behind your shoulder. Deucalion and Pyrrha understood that "mother" is Gaia, the mother of all living things, and the "bones" to be rocks. They threw the rocks behind their shoulders and the stones formed people. Pyrrha's became women; Deucalion's became men.


 (53311) Deucalion is related with backup support that allows to restore a system after a catastrophic failure, like in the movie "Titan A.E." (2000), were a new planet is created with nuclear technology and the species repopulated by stored samples of DNA; after the Earth was destroyed by the Drej, an alien specie. 

This theme got relevance in "The Ring" (1998), one of the first Japanese terror movies, because those who made a copy of the VHS tape after watching it, did not die.

The main theme of (53311) Deucalion is to bring the trial and error typical of Saturn to the spiritual dimension. That means periodically start all over, but with all the experience gained, like in the movie "The Mummy" (1999), "50 First Dates" (2004), the last episode of TV manga series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" (2002), or the movie "Matrix Reloaded" (2003):

«We had to reset 'The Matrix' and reload the program several times because of the anomaly; this will be the sixth time we have destroyed the city of Zion... and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.»

When (53311) Deucalion is activated, there is a chance to fix up the mistakes done in the past. (53311) Deucalion gives second opportunities, like the driver of the movie "21 Grams" (2003) or the 'time back' in the video game "Prince of Persia - Sands of Time" (PS2, 2003), the movie "The Painted Veil" (2006), or the relationship between Sinbad and Marina in the movie "Sinbad: The Legend of the Seven Seas" (2003).