Ambition

The European Space Agency put out an amazing film about space exploration that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen:

Credit: European Space Agency

Magnificent, isn’t it? With a vast wasteland before her, a young apprentice forms planets out of the rock and delivers water to them via comets. The result is a spectacular allegory of how water was delivered to Earth billions of years ago (albeit without the need for a creator to do so).

And all of this is taking place as the Rosetta spacecraft prepares to land a probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12th.

While watching the making of Ambition, one of the filmmakers made this comment:

The actual campaign idea is very well targeted. But, shooting myself in the foot a bit, I’m very surprised you need something like this at all now. Mankind sends a probe into space to catch a comet and land on it, and we need a great director, film, and actors to convince people this is interesting.

Alas, that seems to be true. Nevertheless, the film is as amazing as the Rosetta mission is ambitious.

And yes, that is the guy that plays “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones.

A scene from "Ambition" Credit: ESA
A scene from “Ambition” Credit: ESA

2 Replies to “Ambition”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Christian. I think we’ve become so enamored of special effects in our story telling and mystical forces in our science fiction that we’ve forgotten about the epic grandeur of engineering and orbital mechanics.

    This film doesn’t just reach out to people who feel the need to embrace an anthropic creator but also people who came to science fiction and science via Star Wars and who still feel that the mystery of the workings of the universe require midichlorians rather than mathematics.

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