NASA's Mars Science Lab and Curiosity rover are the next steps in a long-term plan to travel farther and faster into space. Check out this visual tour of the future spacecrafts and tools that will get them there.
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The Dawn mission will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, which scientists believe date to the early history of the solar system. The mission seeks to shed light on the processes that contributed to the formation of the solar system. In this artist's rendering, Dawn is propelled by ion thruster engines. Image credit: NASA/JPL