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NASA is investigating 'first crime in space'


Posted on Saturday, 24 August, 2019 | Comment icon 15 comments

McClain spent a total of 203 days in space. Image Credit: NASA
The case is believed to be the first time that someone has been accused of committing a crime aboard the ISS.
Astronaut Anne McClain, who returned to earth on June 24th following a 7-month stint in space, has been accused of accessing her former partner's bank account from the International Space Station.

McClain acknowledges that she did access the account but denies any wrongdoing.

Her estranged partner - Summer Worden - filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that her bank account was accessed without permission.

A family member has also filed a separate complaint accusing McClain of identity theft.

The dispute stems from the intertwined nature of the pair's finances.

According to her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, McClain "strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and has been "totally cooperating."

What will happen if she is found guilty however remains unclear.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (15)

Tags: NASA, Anne McClain

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 August, 2019, 13:43
Why would it be necessary? Where is an astronaut going to escape to? The only way down is in the spacecraft that they arrived in.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 August, 2019, 13:44
Ah, the suggestion of extra-judicial killing without fair trial. It's amazing what some people think passes as humour.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 24 August, 2019, 14:01
Yes, I always thought they were not off the peg suits. Did she think they were off the peg?  Out of curiousity, how many astronauts change their mind after a suit has been configured to fit them?  It is a time consuming task to configure them, did she not know this? I only ask because  there are several suits, but not the time once she changed her mind.
Comment icon #9 Posted by AllPossible on 24 August, 2019, 15:31
Well it depends on the crime. What if that astronaut was trying to sabotage the ISS & was putting other lives at risk? 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hazzard on 24 August, 2019, 16:17
I can see it now.. Next they will send a "cleaning crew" to the spacestation. She will refuse to go back to Earth. Things are going to get ugly, there will be a shoot out. Zero gravity blood everywhere. A shortout starts a fire. O2 leak. Then she will take a hostage and steal the escape pod....   Or maybe some boring attorney with a bald head will straighten it all out with a phone call.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 24 August, 2019, 20:22
Well, I guess some court will eventually decide on this issue.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pixiii on 26 August, 2019, 7:13
What I find rather humorous about all of this is it's the first crime ever committed in space and it is by a woman.  I'm all for women's rights etc, but getting a "first" in like this, probably wasn't the smartest thing this woman could've done.  
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam on 27 August, 2019, 2:10
There is the 'fashion' side too. All the task and time involved to get her a suit configured  and later she decides its a bit big on the hips.   
Comment icon #14 Posted by Manwon Lender on 27 August, 2019, 2:21
I wonder what the fee's may be on such a long distance funds transfer
Comment icon #15 Posted by pixiii on 27 August, 2019, 2:43
Oh yes!  I didn't think of that one @freetoroam LOL I can see it now....  Yes, wearing one of those would definitely be a crime in itself isn't it!  So not flattering....probably a male designer for males of course   LOL 


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