NASA Astronaut May Have Committed First Ever Space Crime


Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

NASA is currently investigating claims that one of its decorated astronauts set to participate in the administration’s first ever all-female spacewalk, Anne McClain, committed identity theft by accessing her estranged wife’s bank account from the International Space Station. If the allegations prove true, this will be the first ever crime committed in space. 

McClain and her wife, Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer, had been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for about a year when the latter noticed that McClain still had a strangely far-reaching knowledge of her finances and financial decisions. Deciding to put her intelligence background to use, she discovered that her bank account had been accessed from a computer belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

McClain acknowledged that she accessed her estranged wife’s bank account from the ISS, but claimed through a lawyer that it was just to monitor the couple’s still entangled finances. Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and according to CBS News, “Her family also submitted a complaint with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing McClain of identity theft and saying she had improper access to Worden’s private financial records.”

McClain has also categorically denied all allegations, tweeting on Sunday, “”There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims.”