NASA investigates allegations that a crime was committed in space

International Space Station — Identity theft may have entered the final frontier if accusations from a woman against an astronaut are true.

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer living in Kansas, was married to astronaut Anne McClain for four years.

Now the two are in the middle of a yearlong divorce and parenting dispute.

Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing McClain of identity theft and unauthorized access to the bank account while she was on board the International Space Station, according to The New York Times.

Through her lawyer, McClain admitted she had accessed the bank account from space on a computer system registered to NASA, the Times reported.

McClain, who returned to Earth in June after her six-month mission, took an under-oath interview with NASA's Office of Inspector General last week, the newspaper reported.

McClain's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times that "she strenuously denies that she did anything improper."

He added that McClain is cooperating with the investigation and that she used the same password to access the account as she has throughout their relationship.

NASA officials told the Times they were unaware of any crimes committed on the space station.

The fight from space might be the first case, but Mark Sundahl, director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University, said it probably will not be the last one.

"The more we go out there and spend time out there, all the things we do here are going to happen in space," Sundahl told the Times.


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