This big change is happening in Mars Express Orbiter, which has been searching on Mars for 19 years, know -Newshubweek

This big change is happening in Mars Express Orbiter, which has been searching on Mars for 19 years, know
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Scientific missions need software updates from time to time, especially when they’re out to explore a planet like Mars. But there is also a mission which is getting updates after 19 years of its launch. The Mars Express project launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting a software update. It is one of ESA’s most successful missions. The Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) instrument is getting an update 19 years after its launch. After this the instrument will be able to see more deeply beneath the surfaces of Mars and its moon Phobos. The MARSIS instrument is known for its contribution to finding evidence of liquid water on Mars. This was ESA’s first mission to Mars.

The press release issued by ESA said that after gaining a good understanding of Mars for decades, we wanted to increase the performance of this device. Keeping this in mind, software upgrade is being given to the orbiter.

MARSIS employs low-frequency radio waves. It serves to search for water on Mars and learn more about its atmosphere. Software upgrade includes many improvements. After the upgrade, the quality of data coming to Earth will be better.

It was launched on 2 June 2003. Since its launch, the orbiter has spent nearly two decades investigating Mars there. Engineers from the European Space Agency are now preparing a Windows 98 upgrade for this orbiter. After this it will gain more technical efficiency.

Software engineer Carlo Nenna, who is helping ESA with this upgrade, said that we had to deal with many difficulties to increase the performance of MARSIS because its software was originally designed 20 years ago. Running on Windows 98, the on-board memory of this instrument used to get full very quickly. After the software upgrade, the on-board storage of MARSIS will be up to 5 times better and it will also be able to remove unnecessary data.

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