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 Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, due to launch in 2013, will explore the upper atmosphere of Mars in an effort to get a better understanding of the evolution of its climate. It will measure the rate of escape of compounds from Mars' atmosphere and use that information to extrapolate backwards in time. An artist's concept shows MAVEN orbiting Mars. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center