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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Orion's multipurpose crew vehicle on display at Lockheed Martin's Vertical Test Facility in Colorado. Reminiscent of an Apollo-era space capsule, the MPCV will ride atop the Space Launch System, and it's designed to support a crew of four for three weeks and ultimately up to six months of space travel. Image credit: NASA