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.
7 of 21
The Space Launch System's mobile launcher undergoes structural testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With a 47-foot-tall base, the launcher features a 355-foot-high gray, steel tower. The structure still needs to be modified for fueling, venting, electricity, communications, and crew access to the Orion spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett