RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Yesterday, three women walked into NPR here in Washington, D.C. wearing flight jackets. They were dressed in the casual wear of astronauts, which is what they are. They held a social media chat with our science blogger Adam Cole, who moderated questions from all over the world.
ADAM COLE, BYLINE: From Eden (ph) in Israel, what does it feel like to be in space? Do you feel the organs floating inside your body?
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Wow, that question went to the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who spent seven months on the International Space Station.
SAMANTHA CRISTOFORETTI: I felt instantly at home in space. I enjoy so much that feeling of being light, especially for the first weeks. And I just enjoyed going to eat on the ceiling or hanging out on the wall. I just felt like I had to take advantage of this living in three dimensions. So that was awesome.
MONTAGNE: American astronaut Cady Coleman took a question about dreaming in space.
CADY COLEMAN: I definitely dreamed weightless. And then I would dream that way when I got home. And then part of me would go, oh, no, it's not the right way anymore.
COLE: Was that an unpleasant surprise, to wake up and feel...
COLEMAN: Well, you know, there's that waking up in the middle of the night when you might, like, get up and, you know, use the bathroom. And I would just think, oh, I'd have to walk. I'm not going to do that.
MONTAGNE: Both women said they loved the experience of space, though not the food.
CRISTOFORETTI: My biggest craving when I got back - and so I wish it had been up there - is, like, a big salad with a lot of, like, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella and nuts.
COLEMAN: I missed things that were crunchy because things like potato chips were just impossible to eat. You'd have a cloud of potato chips. One day, I hope they're able to get warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies up there. That would be awesome.
INSKEEP: Now I'm hungry. Those are the astronauts Cady Coleman and Samantha Cristoforetti, who, along with NASA colleague Dr. Serena Aunon, took questions from NPR on social media yesterday.
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