This Mars Orbiter Is Finally Getting A Software Update From Windows 98

Designing, building, and testing a spacecraft isn't cheap — not to mention the cost of launching it and sending it on a journey to another planet.

scientists and researchers can get the most use out of it. Mars Express was launched in 2003 and is coming up to 20 years old

One of Mars Express' instruments for measuring the planet's surface and subsurface is called the Mars Advanced Radar

 the MARSIS software was originally designed over 20 years ago, using a development environment based on Microsoft Windows 98!

The MARSIS instrument works by firing low-frequency radio waves at the surface of Mars.

Mars Express will now be able to investigate signals from liquid water beneath the surface in more detail.

"It really is like having a brand new instrument on board Mars Express almost 20 years after launch."

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