By Callie Grey, Kristen Boyle. and Bryan Carter Another spelling of Pegasus is Pegasos. Strength – can fly Weakness – can be captured and ridden The Birth of Pegasus Perseus killed the monster, Medousa, by beheading her. The drops of blood of Medousa mixed with the white foam of the sea and Pegasus was born. He leaped out of her head, as a beautiful white horse with wings. An interesting myth about Pegasus took place on a mountain named Helicon. Here, Pegasus opened up a spring by striking a rock with his hoof and stopped the mountain from growing. The spring was named Hippocrene. Another interesting myth was Pegasus and Bellerophon. Under commands from King Iobates, Bellerophon was sent to kill the Chimaera. This creature was part goat, dragon, and lion which breathed fire. Bellerophon got advice to attack from the air since the creature could not fly. So he prayed, and Athena gave him a golden bridal which he used to capture Pegasus. Shooting his bow from above, he killed the beast easily. It was believed that Bellerophon was the son of the god Poseidon. Bellerophon thought he was above mortals and decided to use Pegasus to fly to Mt. Olympus. Zeus, watching was not happy and sent a horsefly to bite Pegasus. This caused the horse to rear, knocking Bellerophon to the ground. Pegasus continued on flying to Mt. Olympus and was welcomed by Zeus. He remained living there and would carry the thunderbolts down to the Earth for Zeus. For his assistance, Zeus honored Pegasus by placing his constellation in the night sky. The constellation can be viewed from late summer through fall. Blue, Tina. “Bellerophon and Pegasus.” Essortment.com. 28 Feb. 2009 <http://www.essortment.com>. “Fast Facts on : Pegasus.” About.com. 28 Feb. 2009 <http://gogreece.about.com>. “Pegasos.” Theoi.com. 28 Feb. 2009 <http://www.theoi.com>. “Pegasus.” Windows.ucar.edu. Sept. 2000. 28 Feb. 2009 <http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/ the_universe/Constellations/pegasus.html>.