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The Final Frontier: Lesbian Astronaut Becomes First Criminal in Space

Posted on | August 28, 2019 | 1 Comment


Remind me of this when Women’s History Month arrives next year:

Decorated NASA astronaut Anne McClain is accused of stealing her estranged wife’s identity and improperly accessing her bank account while McClain was on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station — likely the first crime ever committed in space.
The wife, Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer who lives in Kansas, and McClain have been locked in an ugly divorce since 2018 that includes a nasty parenting dispute over Worden’s 6-year-old son, whom McClain was helping to raise before their split, the New York Times reported. Worden never consented to McClain adopting the boy, who was a year old when they met in 2014.
McClain was supposed to be part of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk in March before it was canceled for a lack of properly fitting spacesuits.
Though Worden filed for divorce in 2018, McClain continued to ask her highly detailed questions about her financial life, Worden claims. That led Worden to have her bank check into who had recently accessed her bank account, and the bank found access from a NASA computer network, according to reports.
“I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn’t keep anything private,” Worden told NBC News.
McClain, in an under-oath interview with NASA’s inspector general, said she accessed the bank account from space to make sure Worden had enough money to pay the bills as she always has, using a password she’s had for some time.
“She strenuously denies that she did anything improper,” said her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, who said the astronaut “is totally cooperating.”

The jokes just write themselves.

Beyond the obvious jokes, have you ever read Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff? In selecting America’s first astronauts, NASA administered all kinds of psychological tests, even though they were choosing from a pool of military pilots, officers who had to meet the highest standards of discipline merely to be wearing the uniform of their country. Having a stable marriage was a prerequisite, in that era of traditional family values, and at one point John Glenn had a showdown with some of his fellow astronauts who were engaged in extramarital affairs.

What would John Glenn say about this ridiculous Space Dyke drama? We are living in a decadent and corrupt age, and the fact that there is a former Air Force intelligence officer involved in this bizarre story ought to raise questions about policy at the Department of Defense.

Well, I’m sure podcast partner John Hoge will have something to say about this. He’s building space robots for NASA, you know.



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