Anousheh Ansari, founder of the X Prize and the fourth ‘space tourist’ to the International Space Station is maintaining a WordPress blog while in space for seven days. She says that internet is a batch process that happens only 3 times a day, and she doesn’t have a live browser to read comments (maybe she’s using email to blog?). She tells of how she moved to quick early in the flight, and remained sick for much of the time up until the docking process with the space station, that takes a very long two hour wait just to make sure everything is right.
From the post: “The time went by really slowly, but finally the moment arrived and they were ready to open the hatch. Mike and Misha called me closer and told me to take a good whiff because this would be the first time I would smell SPACE… They said it is a very unique smell. As they pulled the hatch open on the Soyuz side, I smelled ‘SPACE.’ It was strange… kind of like burned almond cookie. I said to them, ‘It smells like cooking’ and they both looked at me like I was crazy and exclaimed: ‘Cooking!'”
Another interesting tidbit: they sleep like bats in space.