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 International Space Station, launched in 2000 with Expedition 1, continues to be a mainstay of the space program, with new expeditions delivering crew members and equipment every few months. Expeditions 30, 31, 32 are scheduled to take place between December 2011 and May 2012. In this photo, NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, a flight engineer on Expedition 31/32, participates in a spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article in a lab at Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA