Top NASA astronaut accused of world's first space crime

A NASA astronaut has been accused of hacking her estranged spouse's bank account from space.

The details were revealed in documents relating to the two women locked in a custody battle over their son.

Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of accessing former Air Force intelligence officer Summer Worden's bank account while she was on board the International Space Station, NBC News 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 local news station KPRC.

McClain's lawyer told the New York Times his client was just checking to make sure the crumbling family's finances were in order. He said despite being in space, she used the same password she always had - so didn't 'hack' the account - and had never been told the account was off-limits.

Nasa declined to comment on the legal battle, except to say McClain was one of their top astronauts and she's under consideration to be the first woman to step foot on the moon.

"She did a great job on her most recent NASA mission aboard the International Space Station. Like with all NASA employees, NASA does not comment on personal or personnel matters," the space agency told NBC News. 

Anne McClain.
Anne McClain. Photo credit: Getty

Worden maintains their son is hers because she conceived him, through a surrogate, before she and McClain has even met. 

A space law expert told the Times he's not aware of anyone having committed a crime in space before, but the five countries that run the ISS - United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada - have procedures in place to deal with it.

McClain was in the news earlier this year when NASA had to cancel its first all-female spacewalk because there weren't enough spacesuits to fit them all.