"After 37 years, Voyager fired up its trajectory thrusters at the command of the Voyager team on Earth. It took the commands almost 20 hours to reach Voyager because it's around 21 billion kilometers away (actually in interstellar space). I am blown away that this works but I can't get my phone to play songs correctly in my car over bluetooth."
It has been 50 years since the Apollo 1 fire killed Roger Chaffee at Cape Kennedy’s Launch Complex 34 in Florida. Chaffee, along with astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Ed White II, died on Jan. 27, 1967, when a blaze erupted in their command module during preflight testing.
A WIDE variety of chips are used in space. Today most are progressing towards 32-bit CPUs with memory management. This is so that programming is easier and a wider spread of operating systems/applications (Java, Linux, VxWorks etc) are available to use.