ESA finally updates its Windows 98-based Mars Express software

The European Space Agency (ESA) has finally decided to provide a software update for the Mars Express rover. It’s been running on a 20-year-old operating system, and the group believes an update could increase its chances of uncovering the secrets of the Red Planet.

Along with its friendly water probe, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Exploration (MARSIS), Mars Express is on a mission to uncover the secrets hidden beneath the surface of Mars, learn about its composition and more. Most importantly, it’s trying to find water and, in turn, life on already has find water (opens in new tab)but there is more work to be done.