Rosetta Mission

A creative rendition of the narrative of an inspiring space exploration mission by the European Space Agency that landed a spacecraft on a moving asteroid (something that was never imagined before). 

This is a very scalable project hence in the form of a pitch. The aim would be to cover multiple such space missions from parts of the world other  the USA, in an attempt to rewrite the narrative of human space travel, one that is not dominated by the west. 

What is the Rosetta Mission

Comets are considered the primitive building blocks of the Solar System, and likely helped ‘seed’ the Earth with water, and maybe even life. By studying the nature of the comet’s dust and gas, Rosetta will help scientists learn more about the role of comets in the evolution of the Solar System.

 

Rosetta was the first mission ever to orbit a comet’s nucleus and land a probe on its surface. It was also  the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it head towards the inner Solar System, watching how a frozen comet is transformed by the warmth of the Sun.

Rosetta was the first space mission to journey beyond the main asteroid belt relying solely on solar cells for power generation, rather than the traditional radio-isotope thermal generators. The new solar-cell technology used on the orbiter's two giant solar panels allowed it to operate over 800 million kilometres from the Sun, where sunlight levels are only 4% of those on Earth.

Concept

Creating awareness about this mission to a varied audience with little knowledge and understanding of the topic including young children by designing the information as a narrative experience. this experience can be imagined as an interactive education experience or a videogame as well

Character Design(exploration)

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The Story

Rosetta 

 

Rosetta loved summer vacations with Grandpa. Though she had little knowledge of what he did, she knew that there were very few grown ups like him. For he was the only adult who had the courage to sound stupid, to ask questions, to look up at the sky and wonder what was truly out there. 

 

On a train ride up the hills with him when the sky was taken over by dark grey clouds, what began as thundering soon turned into a drizzle and then got heavier as the train went higher up the hills. The large clear window was now blurry, filled with droplets that magnified small parts of the world outside, much like his stories. Grandpa was quite chatty while travelling. This time it was the story of the planets. It left little Etta(as he lovingly called her) in awe when he orchestrated the entire solar system in the large blobs of rainwater on his window. As the speeding train gave motion to the lighter raindrops, making them appear moving like comets,  Etta was sure Grandpa had some kind of magical powers.

 

When Etta got older he told her about how different the early solar system used to be. 

"It was a spinning cloud of dust and hydrogen gas that was hotter in the center and cooler toward the edges. As the gas and dust began to come together, tiny spheres of minerals and dust gradually grew. Some of the particles grew to the point that they were large enough to gravitationally attract other particles as they orbited the young Sun — some of these became our planets." He explained 

 

She was always told that after a lot of debate, discussion and pleading, her Grandpa got to be the one who named her Rosetta, and that she was named after something truly spectacular. But upon investigation, she found out that it was the name of a place in Egypt. For a long time, she wondered if it actually meant something else and it seemed like the mystery of her name had died along with Grandpa. 

 

The answers she seeked had to be at Grandpa's old house beyond the forest in the hills. 

 

The hills that lied friendly in the day - like the pillows of the land - were darkly ominous by night. The paths that were illuminated just hours before became lost in a blackness that even moonlight could not help. The trees that were magnificent in sunshine towered over Rosetta as she stepped across the borderline between the seen and unseen. Choosing not to go in was no choice at all, but aren't all quests like that? The air was several degrees cooler and soon she began to shiver. On her frequent stops, Rosetta listened for signs of life around her, but there came none. Back in her home such a silence would have been peaceful, but out here it was more like the quiet of the dead of dawn. 

It was not the first time she was going there, but she was alone this time, and grandpa was such a great navigator, that he never relied on maps, and since forests didn't have great network, GPS was out of question. 

She decides to trust her gut and ended up finding the way that was etched in her memory from all the years of playing hide and seek without getting lost in the forest. 

Once she reached, inside was an envelope with her name on it, as if Grandpa had predicted that she would come looking here. 

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My sweet child

Rosetta, 

Since the beginning of time, humans have looked up into the sky and wondered what was up there, questioning who we are, where we come from, how we are made. And since we couldn't truly explain, we told each other stories about it. 

The first men and women would look up at the comets and wonder if Gods were communicating.

Once thought of as messengers of doom and destruction yet they were so mesmerising to look at.

      There were secrets to our universe, of our solar system that would let us understand and find answers to all these questions that we had. The essence to all life on earth is water. So people began to wonder where water came from. Soon they expanded their search to comets, hoping that these celestial balls of ice, dust and complex molecules having been a part of our solar system perhaps even before the creation of planets would have the answers we seek. 

      Thus was born a mission, so ambitious that people who were courageous enough to ask questions and seek answers never had to look back. We harnessed energy and gravity from whole planets for we had made up their mind to chase down a comet. There were so many people that didn't believe, so many things that could have gone wrong, with the technology we did the best we could. 

          What do you think all this was for? 

It was for Knowledge, and it was to show endless possibilities of minds that are hungry for Knowledge. 

     It was called The Rosetta mission, named after the Rosetta stone that helps decipher and understand hieroglyphic script because scientists believed that with the help of the Rosetta mission they would be able to make sense of our universe. I'm sure there will be many more such missions, but Rosetta was important because it had the courage to be the first.

    You have a keen mind that is full of wonder and questions. Know that it will take you places, and make sure you nurture it. And know that no matter what others tell you, you cannot find all the answers within. So don't think twice before wondering, asking questions, seeking answers and trying to do things no one may have thought of. You may not find the answers within, but you will always find a way to reach them. You have a special legacy to carry on, and I hope you pass it on to as many as you can. 

 

Love, Grandpa. 

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Along with the letter she found a journal with the 2nd March 2004 written on it. She wondered why her birthday was labelled there, only to find that it was the day the space probe Rosetta was launched into space. 'During its long journey to comet 67P the spacecraft flew by Mars as well as 2 other asteroids. It reached after 10 years and performed a series of maneuvers to eventually orbit the comet. After its first successful landing of Philae probe in November 2014 , the battery power ran out two days later. 

    They were able to restore communication for a short time in July 2015 but since the solar power was diminishing, all communication was turned off after a year or conducting experiments and receiving all kinds of insightful data. 

The mission ended in September when the spacecraft landed into the comet' Then she flipped to the last page to find an ID card tucked inside. Her grandpa had been one of the scientists who had worked on the mission. Everything finally made sense, all of his stories had always hinted at it. 

With this she shut the file while getting a grasp of the incredible journey that is associated with her name, and decided to embrace the endless possibilities that the world had in store for her. 

 

The end.