Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 14:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As the first images of the Mars Curiosity lander start pouring in, let's talk about what operating system it runs. As I found out via Hacker News, the project runs on VxWorks, a very popular embedded operating system used for truly mission critical tasks. I'd love to know just how much work has gone into making it bug-free - this isn't the kind of environment where you want code to fail.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by anda_skoa on Tue 7th Aug 2012 07:05 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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I once saw a documentary where they upgraded one of the Voyager's systems, but it didn't work out that well as instead of exploring space it returned back to Earth trying to talk to whales.

Saw that documentary as well, but you are mixing up two different space probes.

The upgraded Voyager returned to meet its creator.

The one looking for whales is a totally different beast, most likely deployed by some future version of Sea Shepherd ;)

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