Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades

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

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

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