Nasa is reported 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.
Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.
Her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Ms McClain has since returned to Earth.
The astronaut told the New York Times through a lawyer that she was merely making sure that the family’s finances were in order and there was enough money to pay bills and care for Ms Worden’s son – who they had been raising together prior to the split.
“She strenuously denies that she did anything improper,” 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 reported.
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.
She spent six months aboard the ISS and had been due to feature in the first all-female spacewalk, but her role was cancelled at the last minute over what Nasa said was a problem with availability of correct suit sizes.
How does the law work in space?
There are five national or international space agencies involved in the ISS – from the US, Canada, Japan, Russia and several European countries – and a 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.
As space tourism becomes a reality, so might the need to prosecute space crime, but for now the legal framework remains untested. Nasa officials told the New York Times that they were not aware of any crimes committed on the space station.
Kivágás forrása: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-49457912
V O C A B U L A R Y
investigating a claim – kivizsgál egy állítást
accessed the bank account – belépett a bankszámlájába
estranged spouse – elhidegült házastárs
allegation – állítás (ami még nem nyert bizonyítást)
crime committed – elkövetett bűncselekmény
acknowledges – elismeri
denies any wrongdoing – tagadja, hogy bármilyen josértést követett el
filed a complaint with – panaszt nyújtott be
prior to the split – a szakítást megelőzően
strenuously deny – határozottan tagadja
filed for divorce – beadta a válókeresetet
contact somebody over the allegation – kapcsolatba lép valakivel az állítás miatt
graduated from – végzett / diplomázott valahol
legal framework sets out – a jogi keretek megszablyák
national law applies to – a nemzeti jog alkalmazandó
be subject to Canadian law – a kanadai jogtól függ
provisions for extradition back to somewhere – a valahová történő visszatoloncolásra vonatkozó rendelkezések
prosecute a citizen for misconduct – törvénysértő magatartás miatt vád alá helyez
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