Astronaut snoops on bank account from International Space Station

Astronaut snoops on bank account from International Space Station
IN THE DOCK: McClain being assisted from a space capsule after her ISS trip. - Reuters

London - Her estranged spouse Summer Worden reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.



By Team KT

Published: Sat 24 Aug 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 25 Aug 2019, 4:55 PM

Nasa is reportedly investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station (ISS), in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space, the BBC reported.
Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the BBC quoted a New York Times report as saying. Her estranged spouse Summer Worden reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
McClain, who has since returned to Earth, said through a lawyer that she was merely making sure that the family's finances were in order and there was enough money to pay bills and care for Worden's son - who they had been raising together prior to the split.
McClain and Worden, who is an Air Force intelligence officer, married in 2014 and Worden filed for divorce in 2018.
How does the law work in space?
There are five national or international space agencies involved in the ISS - from the US, Canada, Japan, Russia and several European countries - and a legal framework sets out that national law applies to any people and possessions in space. So if a Canadian national were to commit a crime in space, they would be subject to Canadian law, and a Russian citizen to Russian law.


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