Rosetta marks the beginning of a new era in Space exploration! An Era, where we are able to collect scientific data from a comet that is 4.6 billion years old, to answer one of the most intriguing questions of mankind “Where did the water on Earth come from?”.
After 957 days of hibernation. Rosetta has already taken several pictures of the comet besides information about the chemical composition and smell of 67p (Read more: The smell of a comet). Rosetta simply continues to captivate us and send our imagination into overdrive!
Rosetta had to travel more than a few billion kilometers to be within 100 kilometers of the comet 67p (Churyumov-Gerasimenko), then it advanced to 50km, 30 and now to just 10km! On November 12th, 2014, Rosetta will launch the lander “Philae” to land on the comet.
In an attempt to popularize the mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) has released a short film titled “Ambition” with colloboration with Platige Image.
The short film is inspired by the theme “Science meets Science fiction”! Well, what can I say, you got that one right, ESA! The entire Rosetta mission does feel like Science fiction! 🙂 Go Rosetta!! Rosetta is well and truly, the defining moment for Space exploration in the 21st century.