nk497 writes "As we mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, it's hard to believe how primitive the computing tech that sent Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong into space really was. Pat Norris, who led the team that designed the navigation systems that controlled the orbit of the lunar module on Apollo 11, said: "The computer on the [moon] lander was 64Kb — it's hard to imagine anything so small nowadays when your digital camera has a gigabyte and your mobile phone probably has the same."
But it's not just old space missions that have such low-tech computing power. The ISS computers are powered mainly by Intel 386 processors, according to astronaut Gregory Chamitoff. This is for a good reason — space tech needs to be tried and tested, not cutting edge, so there's no question it will work out in space."
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