Anne McClain is helped from a space capsule after returning from the ISS in June ( Screen grab courtesy: BBC)
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NASA is reportedly 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 confesses accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing.

Summer Worden, her estranged spouse, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

“Through a lawyer, I am 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,” the astronaut told Newyork Times.

“She strenuously denies that she did anything improper, and she is totally co-operating,” said her lawyer, Rusty Hardin

The five states that own the space station – the US, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada agreed the legal framework- set out that national law applies to people and possessions in space.

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, reported BBC.

NASA officials told the New York Times that they were not aware of any crimes committed on the space station.

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