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Mission type Mars orbiter
Operator CNSA
Mission duration 1 year in Mars orbit (planned)
Never departed Earth orbit
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 115 kilograms (254 lb)
Dimensions 750mm x 750mm x 650mm (stowed)
Power Solar array
Start of mission
Launch date 8 November 2011, 20:16:03 (2011-11-08UTC20:16:03Z) UTC
Rocket Zenit-2M
Launch site Baikonur 45/1
Deployed from Fobos-Grunt (planned)
End of mission
Decay date 15 January 2012 (2012-01-16)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Areocentric (planned)
Geocentric (achieved)
Regime Low Earth (achieved)
Perigee 800 kilometres (500 mi) (planned)
Apogee 80,000 kilometres (50,000 mi) (planned)
Inclination 5 degrees (planned)
Period 3 days (planned)

Yinghuo-1 was a Chinese spacecraft. People planned for it to be China's first interplanetary mission. Yinghuo-1 was supposed to orbit and study the planet Mars. It was launched with the Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt. The spacecraft got into space, but something went wrong and it could not escape earth's gravity.

The nameYinghuo means firefly in Chinese.

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