On a remote planet a Master watches his Apprentice carryout tests with nanotechnology as she tries to prove herself worthy of advancement.



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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.

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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 »


Master: We harnessed whole planets and their gravity to chase down the comet.
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This 5 min. short film, Ambition, takes place in a wasteland, where a master teaches his apprentice about the art of planet forming and how water is the key to life on earth.
28 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I think this short film is really good, as the Rosetta mission is very relevant right now, and because it gives us an idea of what we could potentially learn from landing on this comet. Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi both play very well and give a depth and mystique to the characters, even though we only know them very briefly.

The special effects in Ambition are awesomely well made, and even though we don't have very much of an idea about what's going on most of the time, it doesn't matter, because it keeps your attention and gets its point through. The effects are classic within Science Fiction movies and look extremely real. The music is also very intriguing and I could listen to it for many hours.

This short film also teaches you about the mission in itself and what ESA's goals are with it, because Ambition takes place in the future, where the Rosetta mission has been the beginning of that society and our ability to colonize other places of the galaxy. This short film is all about the significance of water for our survival, and how, since comets are made up of ice and dust, we might be able to extract water from them, and therefore find another source of water, if we were to colonize other planets.

It's very interesting, and I would strongly recommend it. It only takes 5 minutes, after all...

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