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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NASA's NuSTAR observatory, due to launch in February 2012, is readied for testing at an Orbital Sciences facility in Virginia. The mission will deploy telescopes that are capable of capturing images in the "high energy X-ray" area of the electromagnetic spectrum. As it orbits Earth, NuSTAR (short for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) will record regions of the sky. Credit: NASA JPL