NASA investigates first allegation of criminal activity in SPACE

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

Worden has the bank records to prove that McClain did so, and the astronaut is not denying it. McClain is not accused of taking or even moving any money.

McClain remains a lieutenant colonel within the Military.

American astronaut Anne McClain, who has since returned to earth, acknowledged she had accessed the account from the ISS but denied any wrongdoing, according to the New York Times. She has not alleged that McClain moved or used the funds in the bank account, the Times reported.

On noticing discrepancies in McClain's spending habits, her spouse Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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The allegation against McClain is believed to be the first allegation of crime in space, the Times noted.

Worden has accused McClain of indentity theft.

Though Worden filed for divorce in 2018, McClain continued to ask her highly detailed questions about her financial life, Worden claims.

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Ms McClain started flying for Nasa in 2013 following more than 800 combat hours over Iraq as an army pilot. "I trusted her", Worden said of McClain.

She spent six months on the International Space Station and was scheduled to take part in the first all-female spacewalk with Christina Koch earlier this year.

First case of space crime?

Rusty Hardin, McClain's lawyer claimed that her client was merely looking out for the former couple's still-connected finances.

There are five worldwide space agencies involved in the ISS - the US, Canada, Japan, Russia and the European Space Agency - and their agreed legal frameworks stipulate that national law applies to any people and possessions in space, meaning Americans are subject to American law in space, and Russians subject to Russian law, etc.

How does the law work in space?

Space laws also have a provision for extradition on Earth in case the country wants to prosecute the accused of any misconduct in space.

Mark Sundahl, director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University, went a step further, saying that he was not aware of any allegations of crime being committed anywhere in space before.

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