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Yinghuo-1
萤火一号
Organization: CNSA
Mission type: Orbiter
Satellite of: Mars
Launch date: November 2011 (TBC)
Launch vehicle: Zenit rocket
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome
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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 couldn't escape earth's gravity.

The name Yinghuo means firefly in Chinese.


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