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Q&A: 13 people in space at once is the record

Most people in space at once: 13

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The March 7 St. Petersburg Times published a group photo of 12 astronauts in the International Space Station. As someone who remembers when squeezing two guys into a Gemini capsule was a big step forward, I'm wondering what's the record of humans in space at one time?

The most people in space at any given moment was 13, in March 1995 and again in July 2009.

In 1995, there were seven on the space shuttle Endeavour, three aboard the Russian Soyuz-TM 21 (two Russians, one American) and three Russians in the Mir space station who were being relieved.

In 2009, there were seven Americans, two Russians, two Canadians, a Belgian and a Japanese visitor at the International Space Station (ISS).

The 12 in space last week in the ISS ties for second-most. In December 1990, seven Americans were in shuttle Columbia, along with two Russians and a Japanese traveler on a Soyuz flight relieving two Russians in the Mir space station.

Governor's stance wasn't clear

Did Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker make it clear in his campaign that if elected he would take collective bargaining rights away from the public employee unions? Or was it a more generic "balance the budget" campaign?

We turned to our PolitiFact Wisconsin colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a definitive answer to this question.

In a Feb. 21 news conference, Gov. Scott Walker said: "I campaigned on (the proposals in the budget repair bill for Wisconsin) all throughout the election. Anybody who says they are shocked on this has been asleep for the past two years."

PolitiFact Wisconsin examined that statement and writes:

"For this item, we reviewed dozens of news accounts and various proposals on Walker's campaign website to determine what he said about collective bargaining during the campaign. We talked to both campaigns in the governor's race, and union officials.

"But nowhere in our search did we find any such detailed discussion of collective bargaining changes as sweeping as Walker proposed.

". . . Walker, who offered many specific proposals during the campaign, did not go public with even the bare bones of his multifaceted plans to sharply curb collective bargaining rights. He could not point to any statements where he did. We could find none either.

"While Walker often talked about employees paying more for pensions and health care, in his budget-repair bill he connected it to collective bargaining changes that were far different from his campaign rhetoric in terms of how far his plan goes and the way it would be accomplished.

"We rate his statement False."

If you wish to read the research in its entirety, see www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/22/scott-walker/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-says-he-campaigned-his-/.

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