THE first alleged crime to be committed in space is under investigation, according to reports in the USA.
NASA is said to be probing a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse while onboard the International Space Station.
Ms McClain graduated from the elite West Point military academy and flew more than 800 combat hours in Iraq as a pilot in the Army[/caption]
Anne McClain admits accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.
Her estranged wife, Summer Worden, reportedly made a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Worden is said to claim that McClain committed identity theft, even though none of her funds had been tampered with.
Ms McClain has since returned to Earth after spending six months on board the ISS.
The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer she was making sure the family’s finances were in order so they had enough cash to pay bills and care for her son, who they’d been raising together before the split.
Rusty Hardin, McClain’s lawyer, said: “She strenuously denied that she did anything improper.”
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He added that the astronaut was “totally cooperating” with authorities.
Born in Washington, Ms McClain graduated from the elite West Point military academy and flew more than 800 combat hours in Iraq as a pilot in the Army.
She went on to qualify as a test pilot and was chosen to fly for NASA in 2013.
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