On November 12, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will make history by landing a craft on the surface of a comet. It's a moment that's more than 10 years and 250 million miles in the making — and it deserves humanity's full attention. 

"All of this is new and unique and has never been done before," Matt Taylor, ESA’s Rosetta project scientist, said in a statement. "It may sound like science fiction, but it’s a reality for the teams that have dedicated their entire lives to this mission, driven to push the boundaries of our technology for the benefit of science and to seek answers to the biggest questions regarding our Solar System’s origins."

In an effort to get more people talking about this momentous (and very risky) event, ESA partnered with visual effects studio Platige and Oscar-nominated director Tomek Bagiński to create "Amibition," a gorgeous short sci-fi film that references the Rosetta mission and its potential impact on our exploration of the heavens. Professor Mark McCaughrean, chief scientific advisor of ESA, told the BBC: "We are trying something supremely ambitious. Rosetta is a first; it's unique."

"Ambition," which features visual effects worthy of a Hollywood big budget film, stars "Game of Thrones" actor Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) and actress Aisling Franciosi. Throw it on full screen, turn up the sound and start counting down the days until November 12

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Rosetta comet mission promoted with incredible sci-fi short
The European Space Agency's new short film is so cool, it could stand on its own as a feature film.