Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades

Patch management for the latest versions of Windows may be a concern for most of us based here on Earth, but in the meantime, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft has been able to launch its Windows 98-based system in 19 years. The first update has been received.

The mission was first launched to search for signs of liquid water on Mars, including a suspected 20×30 km lake of salt water buried under 1.5 km of ice in the Red Planet’s south polar region.


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