Wired News: Swing and a Miss for Asteroid

while this news is every bit interesting, i'm more interested with the last newsbit in the article - a DOS issue nearly caused the Mars mission to fail?

hmm... at least, a patch was sent out soon enough to prevent the rover/s from dying. i wonder how much sooner (and worse) problems would have happened if they had sent these rovers out with Windows? shall we say, Martian BSOD? *shudder*

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