A NASA Astronaut’s Divorce Has Sparked Claims of a Crime in House: Report

The intently guarded non-public lifetime of a NASA astronaut burst into highlight in a New York Occasions report Friday (Aug. 24) on a messy divorce battle involving American astronaut Anne McClain that has apparently led to claims of identification theft in opposition to the spaceflyer. 

The incident is rooted in a bitter separation with McClain’s partner, Summer season Worden, the Occasions report continued. In keeping with Worden, her checking account was accessed with out her permission from a NASA-affiliated pc community, prompting her to file a criticism with the Federal Commerce Fee. A member of the family additionally filed a criticism with NASA’s inside Workplace of Inspector Normal.

Earlier than the separation, McClain had been serving to to boost Worden’s younger son from a earlier relationship. That position included offering monetary help, the New York Occasions report said, and her lawyer stated that she accessed the checking account for that goal and with out realizing Worden had requested she not achieve this.

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McClain and Worden had struggled over the kid earlier than, the New York Occasions report continued. McClain wished to undertake him after the couple’s marriage ceremony in 2014, however Worden refused; earlier than the wedding dissolved, McClain requested parenting rights from a decide. McClain shared official astronaut portraits that featured the kid, taken in 2017, however eliminated them from the web after Worden complained.

In keeping with the New York Occasions, McClain accused Worden of assault, which met with denial and a divorce from Worden; the case was dismissed. The divorce continues, however based on McClain’s assertion to NASA’s inside investigation, the couple’s funds should not but separated, resulting in  the checking account confusion.

McClain offered feedback to the Occasions solely by way of her lawyer, Rusty Hardin; NASA declined to remark to the Occasions in regards to the incident.

The Occasions added that these occasions unfurled across the much-touted March 29 spacewalk that McClain was to conduct with NASA colleague Christina Koch, which might have been the first all-female spacewalk in historical past.

That spacewalk was reassigned, with NASA astronaut Nick Hague changing McClain. NASA stated on the time that the choice was McClain’s selection, spurred by realizing throughout her first spacewalk {that a} medium spacesuit torso match her finest. Koch was already scheduled to put on the solely ready medium torso on the station.

McClain was not publicly out in official NASA communications, though some homosexual media shops have adopted her profession and recognized her as lesbian. She is now — albeit involuntarily — the primary publicly out astronaut. (Sally Trip, who grew to become the primary American girl in house in 1983, was lesbian, however that truth was not revealed till after her demise, by her partner.)

House.com has reached out to NASA’s Headquarters for remark.

Correction: An earlier model of this story referred to Sally RidRide as the primary girl in house. She was the primary American girl in house. Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the primary girl to fly in house.

E-mail Meghan Bartels at mbartels@house.com or observe her @meghanbartels. Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Fb.

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