NASA Probing Allegation of First Crime in Space


According to the British news organisation, Anne McClain is accused of accessing the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station (ISS). 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.

However, she denies any wrongdoing and insists she was checking her former spouse had enough money to pay for the care of Ms Worden's son, who the pair had been raising together before their break-up.

Worden's parents then brought another complaint with NASA's Office of Inspector General, alleging that McClain had improperly accessed Worden's private financial records and conducted a "highly calculated and manipulative campaign" to gain custody of Worden's son.

Ms McClain and Ms Worden, who is an Air Force intelligence officer, married in 2014 however four years later Worden filed for divorce. Investigators from Nasa's Office of Inspector General have contacted both over the allegation, the New York Times reported.

Worden approached her bank and asked for the locations of computers that had recently accessed her bank account.

"She strenuously denies that she did anything improper", said her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, who said the astronaut "is totally cooperating". The case was later dismissed, and Worden has maintained that the charges are not true and are part of McClain's efforts to get an edge in the parenting dispute, according to the Times.

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The inspector general conducted an interview with McClain under oath last week, and she claims that she is only continuing existing behavior that Worden had approved to manage the family's finances, the paper reported.

McClain has since returned to Earth after completing her six-month mission.

Ms McClain, a decorated pilot, was a West Point graduate who flew more than 800 combat hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom before joining Nasa in 2013.

She was scheduled to perform a second extravehicular activity on 29 March with Christina Koch, which would have been the first all-female spacewalk but spacesuit sizing issues resulted in this EVA being cancelled.

She returned to earth on board the Soyuz MS-11 on 24 June 2019 alongside Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko.