The story of one of the most important space exploration endeavours of this decade. Just as Gillen's enigmatic Master encourages Franciosi's Apprentice to seek out the key to life amidst a rugged alien landscape, ESA has been on a decade-long ambitious journey of its own, to unlock the mysteries of a comet and the origins of our Solar System with its Rosetta spacecraft, hundreds of millions of kilometres from Earth. Ambition complements the ongoing communication about Rosetta and adds a "human dimension" to the scientific and technological achievements of the mission, which include curiosity, drive and ambition.
Did You Know?
When the Master starts telling the Rosetta mission story, he begins with the common phrase "Once upon a time..." before being interrupted by the Apprentice. This is a continuity nod to a series of short animated cartoon released by ESA in the previous months via its official Youtube channel, all of them narrating the events of the Rosetta probe (and his lander Philae) as it were a traditional fable, and all of them theme-titled as "Once upon a time". See more
We harnessed whole planets and their gravity to chase down the comet.