NASA has been investigating a crime which has been allegedly committed in space. Astronaut Anne McClain was said to have committed a crime in space by accessing her ex -partners bank account while she was on board the International space station in 2018. This has been the first allegation of crime committed in space.
Is there a space law ?
Having researched space law I have found that the International space station is governed by an international treaty. This means that each country has criminal jurisdiction for its own personnel as long as it does not affect a person from another country.
In this case it was reported that the location of the astronaut (Anne McClain) was not relevant but it was whether she had the rights to access his account or not.
In 1967 the outer space treaty was agreed by 109 nations, this sets guidelines on how space is to be peacefully explored.
This was the first test of space law but I wonder if there will be more in the future as space becomes more popular?
What do you think?
I got my imformation from:
First News Issue 689.30 August - 5 September 2019