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NASA investigating first allegation of criminal activity in orbit

NASA investigating first allegation of criminal activity in orbit

The alleged crime is related to a bitter divorce between NASA astronaut Anne McClain and her spouse

It is being reported that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is investigating an allegation that an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse, which looks to be the first allegation of criminal activity from space.

The alleged wrongdoing appears to have occurred amid a bitter divorce between two women.

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer living in Kansas, has been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the past year. So she was surprised when she noticed that her estranged spouse still seemed to know things about her spending. Had she bought a car? How could she afford that?

Ms. Worden put her intelligence background to work, asking her bank about the locations of computers that had recently accessed her bank account using her login credentials. The bank got back to her with an answer: One was a computer network registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Ms. Worden’s spouse, Anne McClain, was a decorated NASA astronaut on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. She was about to be part of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk. But the couple’s domestic troubles on Earth, it seemed, had extended into outer space.

Worden subsequently brought a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), claiming that McClain had committed identity theft. Then Worden’s parents brought a second complaint to NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing McClain of improperly accessing private financial records to conduct a “highly calculated and manipulative campaign” to win custody of Worden’s son.

NASA’s Office of Inspector General has interviewed the two women.

…McClain reportedly claimed in an interview with the watchdog under oath last week that she is only continuing behavior that Worden had approved to handle the family’s finances, the paper reported.

McClain and Worden filed for divorce in 2018 after about four years of marriage, separating after McClain accused her spouse of assault. Worden told The Times that she believed the allegation was part of a longstanding attempt to gain custody of her son. Worden denied committing assault and the case was later dismissed.

Worden did not discover the bank account access until a few months after the assault claim, after McClain had already gone to space.

NASA told The Times that the accusations against McClain played no role in the agency’s decision to cancel the historic spacewalk, adding that the agency did not know of any crimes that had been committed on the ISS.

We have reported that the Trump administration is weighing a Moon mission, perhaps with the intention of putting astronauts on the lunar south pole. Interestingly, McClain was mentioned in an article considering the question as to who might be the first woman on the Moon via the Artemis Program.

With the ambitious goal to launch this lunar mission by 2024, people have started to speculate about who might be the first woman to walk on the moon. Of the 38 active astronauts in NASA’s astronaut corps, 12 are women, and another five are in the class that will wrap up astronaut training this year, for a total of 17 potential moonwalkers.

…McClain conducted two space walks during her six months in space. McClain happens to be the youngest member of the astronaut corps and completed over 2,000 flight hours in 20 different aircraft with the Army before becoming an astronaut.

For the sake of the child and our burgeoning space program, I hope there is a good resolution to this troubling case.


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Going where no man has gone before…

The lines write themselves.

tommy mc donnell | August 25, 2019 at 12:17 pm

how do people like this get hired by NASA? I guess they didn’t use the old best person for the job criteria.

    Affirmative action has done away with the usual psych test, that obviously this character would never have passed.

      I’d think in this case it’s just the divorce. Not sure how anyone can test for a future divorce on one’s emotional reactions. I don’t know of anyone who ever said I Do thinking that within a few years they’d be divorcing.
      A whole lot of divorces seem to get downright ugly quickly. We’re talking the emotional toll of losing an intimate partner along with a financial hit.

      I’d almost forgotten the case of the Shuttle astronaut Lisa Nowak who, in 2007, donned an adult diaper, a dark wig and an overcoat, and drove 950 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront a romantic rival. The state attorney made the statement that there was strong evidence to indicate that a kidnapping had been planned. What’s up, ladies?

Lesson one: When in the process of divorcing someone, change the locks and all your passwords.

Lesson two: Astronauts ain’t what they used to be, in lots of ways.

Lesson 3: If the first (or second, or seventy-fifth) question anybody asks about a return to the Moon is, “Who will be the first woman to walk on the Moon?” then the attempt is just not being taken seriously. Lack of the needed seriousness also explains how someone who appears to be focused on something other than the mission got to be there in the first place.

Lesson 4: Humans will be humans, on Earth or in space. Going forward, we should plan accordingly.

So, lets assume the worst and NASA fires her. Does she have to arrange and pay for her own ride home?

My OPINION. This is totally my OPINION:

Anyone so confused that they don’t know if they’re a man or a woman has NO PLACE being in such a highly technical and demanding position. How is it possible to trust someone like that? Obviously these two have trust issue’s betwixt the two of them that they allowed to overflow into their work and thereby into the space program.

Being ‘Politically Correct’ can easily get many people killed if the aggressor is flying high over the earth and decides to crash their vehicle into earth.


Toxic Femininity.

people have started to speculate about who might be the first woman to walk on the moon.

I am SO FUCKING TIRED of this SHIT! Sure, let’s trivialize space exploration, let’s just throw it into that wasteland of propaganda pushing the outright fraud that women are great pioneers. Might just as well turn it into any old worthless stupidity . . . make it into a Muslim outreach program, or something.

Meanwhile, back on Earth . . . I don’t see anything to do with orbit in the story. It doesn’t say she accessed anything from space, it says her use of a NASA computer to do the accessing was discovered while she was in space. The vast majority of NASA computers are in places like New Jersey, not space. Unless they send someone into orbit to arrest her, space just doesn’t have anything to do with it.

    This is incorrect. Maybe the Times didn’t mention it but the specific allegation appears to be that she accessed the bank account from the International Space Station. See this report, for example:

    It’s easy to understand how you could have been confused by a report in the execrable New York Times. It’s also possible that one or more of the reports are inaccurate, jumping to conclusions not in evidence. But the current state of the story seems to be that she is accused of doing it from space.

      tom_swift in reply to irv. | August 25, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      I wasn’t confused. I specifically wrote “in the story,” meaning obviously the story on this page. I make no assertion about any other story, be it in the Times or ABC, neither of which are worth the bytes they’re printed on.

    Kepha H in reply to tom_swift. | August 25, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Women are blold, pioneering, daring, and all the rest–as long as there’s a man around to take the fall when things go wrong.

St least this crazy NASA woman was using the Astronaut Diapers as they were intended.

So will jurisdiction be a defense? 🙂

    No. The Outer Space Treaty clearly places the responsibility for actions undertaken by a given country with that country. Meaning a U.S. astronaut on a U.S. mission is under the jurisdiction of the U.S.

    Not that the Inspector General’s office even cares where astronauts are. It investigates conduct under NASA regulations, not any local standards.

Remember the previous female astronaut, maybe “just” a pilot, but I thought she was an astronaut, that drove cross country in diapers to confront the man she was dating that was married

Hard to believe she is going with the defense that “she always reviewed the finances.” Are same sex marriages so bizarre that when they are divorcing it is still ok to meddle in the other person’s business. And she must have b@lls to think she should have parenting rights/custody of the other woman’s child. The child was born prior to their “marriage” and the biological mother wouldn’t let the other woman adopt the child. Maybe she wasn’t so sure about the relationship

    randian in reply to katiejane. | August 25, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Why is it surprising she thinks she should get custody rights to a child that isn’t hers? If a man with children gets married his new wife often gets custody of the children on divorce, so she’s probably expecting the legal system to treat her the same way, even though her spouse is no mere man. She probably also expects that she won’t pay child support if she doesn’t get custody, since women are rarely ordered to pay it, and if they are the courts are much less enthusiastic in policing nonpayment by women.

Who is the guy in the picture?

The first criminal in space, got there based on affirmative action. Whoda thought?

Besides our society at large, young innocents are victims in the affirmative action race to the bottom (or the victims’ bottoms – literally):

Past Sex Offenders Participate in Children’s ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ at Local Libraries:

Well, this may not rise to the level of driving all the way across country non-stop in a pickup truck while wearing adults diapers so you can just pee yourself the whole way and get to where you’re going quicker so that you can torture, murder and dismember your astronaut love rival a whole lot sooner à la: NASA Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak;

but even just potentially being a married American Lesbian NASA astronaut charged with the very first intragalactic space crime in history, and a domestic family crime at that, is probably a definitive deal breaker for Anne McClain being the ‘first woman on the moon’.

What is it with the nutty female NASA astronauts anyway.

Oddly enough, I don’t have much to say about this, other than I wish they can settle their differences.

West Point must be so proud.

thalesofmiletus | August 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

Ha ha! There’s your so-called “dignity”, justice Kennedy. LMFAO yet again…