According to The New York Times, astronaut Anne McClain is facing the first charge of committing a crime in space.
Summer Worden, McClain’s estranged wife, accused the astronaut of gaining access to her bank account while on the International Space Station for a six-month deployment.
According to The New York Times, the couple has been separated and fighting over custody of Worden’s young boy for the past year. When Worden realized that McClain was aware of her spending habits, she got suspicious.
Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer, inquired about the whereabouts of machines that had recently accessed her account using her login information.
On Twitter, McClain refuted the charges. “These statements are categorically false,” she stated on Sunday. “We’ve been going through a difficult, personal split that has unfortunately made its way into the media.” She also stated that she will refrain from commenting until the investigation is completed, but thanked everyone for their “outpouring of support.”
The astronaut gained more media attention earlier this year after two female astronauts pulled her from the planned first-ever spacewalk.
According to Stars and Stripes, McClain, who graduated from West Point and is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Army, is one of the 12 female astronauts who could be the first woman on the moon by 2024.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.