|Mission type||Mars orbiter|
1 year in Mars orbit (planned)|
Never departed Earth orbit
|Launch mass||115 kilograms (254 lb)|
|Dimensions||750mm x 750mm x 650mm (stowed)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||8 November 2011, 20:16:03UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 45/1|
|Deployed from||Fobos-Grunt (planned)|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||15 January 2012|
|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 couldn't escape earth's gravity.
The name Yinghuo means firefly in Chinese.
References[change | change source]
- Lakdawalla, Emily (9 September 2010). "China's Yinghuo-1 Mars Orbiter". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Russia takes aim at Phobos". Nature.com. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Запуск станции "Фобос-Грунт" к спутнику Марса отложен до 2011 года (in Russian). РИА Новости. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
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