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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An artist's rendering of the Curiosity rover, launched in November 2011 to investigate Mars' ability to sustain microbial life. The rover's arm extends 7 feet, with instruments to examine rocks and a drill for taking soil samples. The mast supports a camera for stereo viewing and a laser that vaporizes rocks to determine their composition. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech