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After a 19 -year code update, the "Mars Express" will get software upgrades

via:凤凰网     time:2022/6/23 15:01:51     readed:37

IT House News on June 23. After 19 years, the Mars Experess (Mars Express) rails of the European Space Administration will usher in software upgrades. After the upgrade, they will better find water under Mars. And study its large satellite fire.

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The Mars Express number was launched on June 2, 2003. It was originally composed of two parts: Mars Express railor and Little Hound 2 lander. Unfortunately, the lander lost contact with the earth after being released and reaching the surface of Mars. However, the railor is still working after 19 years of service and rotates around Mars.

Engineers of the Institute of Astrophysics (Ina) are now upgrading the software of the spacecraft. This upgrade will enable Mars Express rails to continue to use its Marsis wireless radio wave instrument to search for water under the surface of Mars, and more effectively monitor the planet's nearest satellite -Firepi.

Specifically, according to the European and Air Bureau, this rails millions of miles from the earth will receive a series of upgrades, improve signal receiving and airborne data processing to improve the number and quality of scientific data sent to the earth.

Scientist Colin Wilson, who is engaged in this task, said that the software "like a new machine for the satellite for nearly 20 years after launch."

According to CARLO Nenna, an engineer of the upgraded Italian IT consulting company Enginium, it is a challenge to push new software to such an old railor after so long. He said: "In order to improve the performance of Marsis, we are facing many challenges. Especially because Marsis software was designed more than 20 years ago, using the development environment based on Microsoft Windows 98!"

IT House learned that the spacecraft carried seven instruments, including various cameras, spectrometers and radar test high meters to study Mars' atmosphere, climate and geology. The first Mars Express was the first to discover the signs of water ice and carbon dioxide ice on Mars, and it also collected data that implied signs of methane.

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