In space, two years can take a very long time – or it can go by in a flash, depending on one’s perspective. As seen from the European Space Agency’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, the past couple of years have been elongated by many a nail-biting eternity as a small spacecraft named Rosetta has closed on, intercepted and interacted with a comet hurtling towards and around the Sun. As seen from ESA headquarters in Paris and the engineering offices of hardware suppliers scattered between the UK, Italy and Russia, the coming two years will very short indeed, as they strain to keep their ExoMars rover mission on its new, delayed timetable.
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