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Attention, Microsoft: It’s probably time to send a sales rep to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A video by Boing Boing, showing NASA officials celebrating the historic landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars last night, provided a different type of curiosity for Windows watchers. Namely, why is the space agency still running an 11-year-old version of the Microsoft operating system?

It’s worth noting that this was filmed prior to a post-landing news conference, not in mission control, and the computer being used was for the presentation screen.

Certainly they’re not using Windows XP for any mission-critical systems. Right?

Previously on GeekWire: Curiosity packs the house for a perfect landing on MarsCuriosity lands on Mars, sends back its first images

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