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Yinghuo-1 Mission to Mars

Goals: Yinghuo-1 was China's first interplanetary mission. It was designed study Mars from orbit in conjunction with the Russia's Phobos-Grunt. The two missions were design to travel to Mars together.

Accomplishments: The Phobos-Grunt/Yinghuo-1 spacecraft did not perform its scheduled burn to begin its trajectory to Mars. Both spacecraft were stranded in Earth orbit.

Key Dates
8 Nov 2011:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Yinghuo-1 Facts Yinghuo means light from a firefly in Chinese.

The spacecraft was launched aboard a Russian rocket and travel to Mars with Phobos-Grunt, Russia's Martian moon lander.

The two missions were supposed to study the Martian environment simultaneously from two vantage points.

China's space program is managed by the China National Space Administration.
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Last Updated: 2 Dec 2011