Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years

Mars Express was launched on June 2, 2003, and was initially made up of two components:

 the lander failed to make contact with Earth after it was released and arrived at the surface of the Red Planet.

 The upgrade will allow the Mars Express Orbiter to continue searching for water locked beneath the Martian surface

 MARSIS is today operated by INAF and funded by the Italian Space Agency.

 the new software allows us to switch MARSIS on for five times as long and explore a much larger area with each pass."

Mars Express will thus continue to look for signs of water near the Martian South Pole at high resolutions. 

"The MARSIS radar on-board software upgrade demonstrates that it is possible to renew an entire mission," 

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