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This Is What Will Be Taking Astronauts To Space In The Near Future

When man landed on the Moon, we did so in a steel box with an interior looking like an overcomplicated switchboard. It had more buttons than you've had hot meals.

Seriously. This is the interior of the command module of the Apollo 11 from 1966. The only surfaces not covered in things to move or press are the seats.

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It looks like an archaic mess compared to what the next generation of astronauts will be using.

Well now SpaceX has revealed the inside of its new Crew Dragon capsule - a craft that will be taking crew to and from the International Space Station - and no, it's not been stolen from the set of J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek film.

From touch panel screens to minimalist button configurations, it looks like something that even we would be able to operate (please, NASA? Please?).

The first manned test flights of the Crew Dragon are expected to take place in the next two to three years, with SpaceX developing the craft for NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Program that will also see Boeing create craft to take astronauts to the ISS.

Check out the pictures below to see the interior in further detail - bucket seats and all.

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