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Windows 98 will no longer launch a spacecraft into orbit around Mars

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The European Space Agency (ESA) will implement a major update to the Mars Express spacecraft, which will allow for major improvements in the spacecraft’s scientific capabilities.

Source: B92, Twicketown

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The Mars Express space exploration mission began on June 2, 2003, when the spacecraft explored the orbit of the Red Planet. The spacecraft has been in orbit for more than 19 years and uses the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding instrument to explore the surface of Mars.

The device is based on the Windows 98 platform and, according to ESA, the upcoming software upgrade will significantly improve antenna performance, signal reception, data processing and the stability of sent data to Earth.

“We have faced many challenges in improving the performance of MARSIS. Not only was MARSIS software originally designed over 20 years ago and uses the Microsoft Windows 98 environment,” explains Carlo Nena, a software engineer who assists with this. Update.

ESA has not announced which version of Windows the Mars Express spacecraft will receive, but it is expected that it will not be Windows 11. Especially considering the age of the hardware used by the spacecraft.

According to the allegations, the software update will allow Mars Express to “see” the surface of Mars and its satellite Phobos in more detail than ever before.

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