It's an unfortunate custody dispute between estranged spouses, with one element that makes it stand above all others-it has led to what the New York Times reports might be the first allegation of a crime in space.
McClain's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times that "she strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and "is totally cooperating".
Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer, brought a complaint against McClain with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming that McClain had committed identity theft, even though none of Worden's funds had been tampered with.
McClain, in an under-oath interview with NASA's inspector classic, said she accessed the checking account from dwelling to fabricate sure Worden had ample money to pay the bills as she consistently has, the utilization of a password she's had for a whereas. Investigators from the inspector general's office have since contacted Worden and McClain, trying to get to the bottom of what may be the first allegation of criminal wrongdoing in space.
The alleged crimes took place during McClain's recent six-month mission at the International Space Station.
Worden told the Times that she was tipped off when McClain somehow had knowledge about her private spending while on a mission with no way to know otherwise.
McClain, a decorated NASA astronaut, graduated from the West Point Military Academy and has more than 800 combat hours over Iraq as an army pilot. McClain had posted photos of Worden's son, whom she was helping to raise before their split, but had never openly acknowledged her relationship with Worden. The divorce continues, but according to McClain's statement to NASA's internal investigation, the couple's finances are not yet separated, leading to the bank account confusion.
She returned to earth on board the Soyuz MS-11 on 24 June 2019 alongside Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko.
McClain was supposed to be fragment of NASA's first all-female spacewalk in March before it was canceled for an absence of properly becoming spacesuits.
There are long-established regulations in place to deal with possible jurisdiction issues aboard the ISS, set up by the space agencies who maintain it in the US, Russia, Canada, Japan, and the European Union, but this is believed to be the first time they may ever have to be implemented.