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Mars, here we come: Breaking down the most advanced spacecraft in human history

If the idea of deep space travel conjures up mental images of a winged shuttle — or simply a dusted-off Apollo capsule — your imagination could use a little recalibration.     Not since the Moon landing have humans ventured beyond "Low Earth Orbit." That means, to travel beyond the Moon, considered by NASA to be "deep space," you'd need a spacecraft that builds on the best of previous space programs while developing new systems.
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