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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Blue Origin, led by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, seeks to commercialize human space travel. Initial plans are to take three or more astronauts on suborbital trips (on the "edge of space") launched from the company's site in Texas. Longer term, the company is designing a bionic space vehicle, shown here, that's designed to orbit the Earth and then, using parachutes, land on land. Credit: Blue Origin