On the 24/08/2019 NASA revealed that they are 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.
Ms Mclain(the woman behind this) says that she did access the account, but strongly denies any wrondoings ,during a New York Times interview .
Her estranged spouse ,Summer Worden,filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (the astronaut returned to earth before the case was filed) .Mclain told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was just making sure her family's finances are alright.
"She strenuously denies that she did anything incorrect ," said her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, adding that Ms McClain was "totally co-operating".
Ms McClain and Ms Worden( who is an Air Force intelligence officer), married in 2014 and Ms Worden filed for divorce in 2018. Investigators from NASA's Office of Inspector General have contacted both over the allegation, the New York Times have said.
Ms McClain graduated from the prestigious West Point military academy and flew more than 800 combat hours over Iraq as an Army pilot. She went on to qualify as a test pilot and was chosen to fly for Nasa in 2013. In space, she spent six months aboard the ISS and had been due to feature in the first all-female spacewalk, but her role for the spacewalk was cancelled at the last minute over what Nasa said was a problem with availability of correct suit sizes.
(above source from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49457912)
After this incident, the five national or international space agencies involved in the ISS - from the US, Canada, Japan, Russia and several European countries - and a new legal framework sets out that national law applies to any 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.
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. And as space tourism becomes a reality, so might the need to prosecute space crime, but for now the legal framework remains untested.