This May Be First Allegation of a Crime From Space

James Marshall
August 24, 2019

In a highly unexpected example of what it's now possible to do in space, a NASA astronaut has been accused of breaking into her ex-spouse's bank accounts while she was on board the International Space Station. According to Worden, her bank account was accessed without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network, prompting her to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

The incident is rooted in a bitter separation with McClain's spouse, Summer Worden, the Times report continued.

Ms McClain has since returned to Earth. She maintains that she was simply doing what she had always done while the couple was together: keeping on an eye on finances out of concern for the boy they'd been raising together.

Rusty Hardin, McClain's lawyer, reportedly said his client "strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and "is totally cooperating" with investigators.

The weird accusation was made against decorated NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who is embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with her former partner Summer Worden. She went on to qualify as a test pilot and was chosen to fly for Nasa in 2013.

That role included providing financial support, the New York Times report stated, and her lawyer said that she accessed the bank account for that objective and without knowing Worden had requested she no longer do so.

Legal frameworks agreed by the five states that own the space station - the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada - set out that national law applies to people and possessions in space.

As space tourism becomes a reality, so might the need to prosecute space crime, but for now the legal framework remains untested. NASA said at the time that the decision was McClain's choice as there were not enough space suits in McClain and Koch's sizes.

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