Asteroid 17033, Rusty, was discovered on March 22, 1999 by Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS) at the Anderson Mesa Station of Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 3 years, 194 days and is about 1 1/2 miles in diameter.

It was named for American astronaut Russell L. "Rusty" Schweickart (born 1935), who was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 9 mission. He cofounded the B612 Foundation, which seeks to defend Earth from asteroid impacts by controlled deflection of oncoming asteroids.

Rusty Schweickart

Asteroid Rusty's astrological meaning, though, seems to be what its name suggests: rusty (atrophied through lack of use, or simply rusty). It may also indicate deflecting massive speeding oncoming objects.

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