Lesbian break-ups are hard… Even for astronauts.
Anne McClain, a lesbian American astronaut, is being accused of the world’s first space crime. McClain allegedly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, while she was in the International Space Station (ISS).
The two have been engaged in “a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the past year,” The New York Times reports. While McClain admits that she logged into Worden’s account from the ISS, she claims that she was simply making sure that the family’s finances were in order and that there was enough money for bills and childcare. She used a password that she’d used previously and says Worden never told her not to do so.
“She strenuously denies that she did anything improper,” her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times.
Worden apparently disagrees, because she filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
This is the first time that NASA has ever had to investigate a crime in space. There are five space agencies involved in the ISS from the U.S., Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada.
McClain has since returned to Earth and is “totally co-operating” with the investigation. An Air Force intelligence officer, she married Worden in 2014. She spent six months aboard the ISS.