BERLIN – The European Space Agency plans to remotely update the Mars Express spacecraft software to ensure that the aging spacecraft remains stable.
The probe In late 2003, Mars came to Mars for a two-year mission, but nearly 15 years later, it is still operating.
ESA said Wednesday that four of the six Mars Express gyroscopes used to measure the probe's rotation would fail in 2019.
So engineers decided to rewrite the satellite's computer code so that he can usually orient himself with pictures of surrounding stars. The code was uploaded last Sunday. A reboot is planned for Monday.
While similar patches have been developed for other spaceships, Mission Director Patrick Martin said, "This is certainly the most complex and extensive reprogramming of software we have done lately."
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