posted on Aug, 24 2019 @ 09:03 AM
Nasa is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station,
in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.
Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.
Her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Ms McClain has since returned to Earth.
The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was merely making sure that the family's finances were in order and there was enough
money to pay bills and care for Ms Worden's son - who they had been raising together prior to the split.
Legal frameworks agreed by the five states that own the space station - the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada - set out that national law applies
to people and possessions in space.
So if a Canadian national were to commit a crime in space, they would be subject to Canadian law, and a Russian citizen to Russian law. Europe exists
as one state within the legal framework, but any of the European states may extend their respective national laws and regulations to the European
equipment and personnel in space.
Space law also sets out provisions for extradition back on Earth, should a nation decide it wishes to prosecute a citizen of another nation for
misconduct in space.
As space tourism becomes a reality, so might the need to prosecute space crime, but for now the legal framework remains untested.Nasa officials
told the New York Times that they were not aware of any crimes committed on the space station.
Is spying on someone else's bank account from space a crime ? How did anyone find out ? Hasn't she been a little bit astronaughty ?