Famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming appointed Ambassador of China to the planet Mars. In addition to the 36-year-old athlete, recently focusing on business, to honor the mission won ten well-known people, according to South China Morning Post.
The tasks of the ambassadors is to promote the space program of the PRC, promoting the flight to Mars and to draw attention to it from the public.
In August, Beijing announced that the interplanetary expansion of the Chinese will begin in four years. In the summer of 2020 from the Baikonur Wenchang of Hainan province will be launched a carrier rocket “Changzheng-5″ (“long March 5″).
To start using the most powerful Chinese rocket plans to transition the Earth’s orbit and Mars probe to study the red planet.
Yao Ming spent eight seasons in the National basketball Association, playing for the club “Houston rokets”. This year he was inducted into the basketball Hall of fame.