In an unprecedented incident, that has caught the attention of the world, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is investigating astronaut Anne McClain, who stands accused of stealing her estranged wife’s identity and secretly reaching out to her bank account details while she was on a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).
As per Times, McClain’s wife Summer Worden, who had filed for divorce from McClain last year, claimed that McClain accessed her private financial records without permission. Once aware of the event, Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and also with NASA’s Office of Inspector General.
McClain Denies Allegations
However, when McClain was questioned about the same, she in denial said she did anything wrong. Her lawyer mentioned that she had accessed the bank account records only to get a brief of the couple’s current combined finances. The lawyer also mentioned that it is something she has been doing ever since the account has been active.
To recall, McClain, who returned to Earth in June, was one among the two women, who had been selected for the all-women spacewalk, before NASA scrapped McClain’s role citing lack of well-fitting spacesuits as the reason. NASA, thereafter, was accused of sexism. The other astronaut who had been selected to work outside the space station was Christina Koch.
McClain and Worden got married in 2014. However, they filed a divorce after their disagreement on McClain’s will to adopt a child – which was dismissed by Worden – turned into a heated argument.
Meanwhile, the five space agencies involved in the ISS- United States, Canada, Russia, Europe and Japan- have a set a legal framework that safeguards a human’s right beyond Earth. However, the ISS hasn’t had a chance to bring these into force due to unknown instances of crimes committed on the space station.
Moreover, if a person commits a crime in space, their national law would still be applicable.