|Discovered by||L. V. Zhuravleva|
|Discovery site||Crimean Astrophysical Observatory|
|Discovery date||22 August 1974|
|1974 QG1; 1933 FN; 1938 DD2; 1963 SW; 1968 OM; 1974 RZ1; 1974 TG|
|Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||82.99 yr (30311 days)|
|Aphelion||3.5054458 AU (524.40723 Gm)|
|Perihelion||2.7832694 AU (416.37118 Gm)|
|3.144358 AU (470.3893 Gm)|
|5.58 yr (2036.6 d)|
|0° 10m 36.368s / day|
|Earth MOID||1.7762 AU (265.72 Gm)|
|Jupiter MOID||1.93607 AU (289.632 Gm)|
|Jupiter Tisserand parameter||3.151|
|11.6 h (0.48 d)|
It was named in honor of Alexej Petrovich Maresjev, the protagonist in the novel Story about a True Man (also translated as Story of a Real Man) by Boris Polevoi.  The story, which was based on actual events, was an immensely popular Russian book that was eventually made into an opera. It was first published in English in 1952, and was reprinted in 1970.
The asteroid was scheduled to occult a 9.5 magnitude star in the Taurus constellation November 27, 2008 for a period of 1.3 seconds. During the event, their combined light was to drop to 16.0 magnitude, which is the magnitude of the asteroid.
Zhuravleva is ranked 43 in Harvard's ranking of those who discovered minor planets. She discovered 200 such bodies, 13 of which were co-discoveries, between 1972 and 1992.
- "2173 Maresjev (1974 QG1)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
- Kaganovsky, Lilya. “How the Soviet Man Was (Un)Made,” Slavic Review, Vol. 63, No. 3. (Autumn, 2004), pp. 577-596.
- Minor Planet Discoverers
- 2173 Maresjev at the JPL Small-Body Database
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