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 describes Orion, designed to explore deep space, as "the most advanced human spacecraft ever built." The Orion multipurpose crew vehicle (MPCV) undergoes testing at Lockheed Martin facilities in Denver, Colo. The MPCV comprises a launch abort system, crew module, and service module for in-space propulsion, water, and oxygen. Image credit: NASA