NASA astronaut's closely guarded privacy erupted in the spotlight in a New York Times report on Friday (August 24th) about a messy divorce battle involving U.S. astronaut Anne McClain that apparently led to allegations of identity theft against the spacecraft.
The incident is rooted in a bitter separation with McClain's wife, Summer Worden, the Times report continued. According to Worden, her bank account was available without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network, which prompted her to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. A family member also filed a complaint with the Inspector General's internal NASA office.
Prior to the separation, McClain helped raise the young son of Worden from a previous relationship. That role involved providing financial support, according to a New York Times report, and her lawyer said she had access to the bank account for this purpose and without knowing that Worden had asked not to do it again.
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McClain and Ward had fought over the child before, the New York Times report continues. McClain wanted to adopt him after the couple's wedding in 201
According to the New York Times, McClain accused Worden of assault that met with Worden's refusal and divorce; the case was closed. The divorce is ongoing, but according to McClain's statement in NASA's internal investigation, the couple's finances have not yet been split, leading to confusion in the bank account.
McClain provides Times comments only through his lawyer Rusty Hardin; NASA declined to comment to the Times about the incident.
The Times added that these events unfold around the much sought after space flight on March 29, which McClain had to spend with NASA colleague Christine Koch, who would first be – the female space path in history. .
This space voyage was renamed after NASA astronaut Nick Hague replaced McClain. NASA said at the time that the decision was McClain's choice, arising from the realization during her first space mission that the average torso on the space suit was the most appropriate. Koch was already scheduled to carry on the station only the prepared medium torso .
McClain was not made public in NASA's official announcements, although some gay media agencies have followed her career and identified her as a lesbian. Now she is – albeit unintentionally – the first publicly astronaut. ( Sally Ride who became the first American woman in space in 1983, was a lesbian, but this fact was discovered only after her death by her husband.)
Space.com reached NASA Headquarters for comment.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to Sally Reed as the first woman in space. She was the first American in space. Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to fly into space.