In depthFrom staying healthy in zero-gravity and making bases on Mars to next-gen engines, humanity is showing signs it might get to the next level.
A major upgrade has allowed Curiosity to recognise many more kinds of mineral than previously possible.
NASA's most powerful rocket ever has passed the first critical design test before construction begins.
The space agency has detailed plans for the next few decades to eventually build colonies independent of Earth.
The next Martian lander will include a listening device that can work out the planet's inner composition.