Dyke Drama Reaches New Heights in Alleged Lesbian Space Crime

A lesbian astronaut was accused of identity theft by her estranged spouse while *checks notes*… in space?

In a historic first for dyke drama, a lesbian astronaut who was on a mission in outer space has been accused of a serious crime by her estranged wife.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain is facing accusations of identity theft from her ex, former Air Force intelligence officer Summer Worden, reports The New York Times. In the midst of their messy divorce-slash-custody battle, Worden noticed that McClain (pictured below) was privy to tidbits from Worden's personal finances that should have been private.

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KAZAKHSTAN DECEMBER 3, 2018: ISS Expedition 58/59 member, NASA astronaut Anne McClain during a spacesuit check before a launch of the ISS Expedition 58/59 crew to the International Space Station. The launch of Expedition 58/59 aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for December 3, 2018 at 14:31 Moscow time. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Worden went on to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, effectively accusing McClain—who was famously poised to join NASA's first all-female spacewalk alongside fellow astronaut Christina Koch—of identity theft and improper access to her personal financial information.

Mind you, the alleged crimes all occurred while McClain was on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Mark Sundahl, director of Cleveland State University's Global Space Law Center, told The Times that McClain is the first astronaut he can think of who's been accused of committing a crime while in space. NASA officials also confirmed that the organization doesn't have records of any other criminal allegations in space in its 61-year history.


Meanwhile, McClain is now back on planet Earth and reportedly cooperating with the investigation.

"She strenuously denies that she did anything improper,” her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told The Times.

Whether or not the accusations hold up, McClain, alleged Lesbian Space Criminal, is now Gay Twitter™'s fixation du jour:

Media Matters for America editor at large Parker Molloy even created a limited run of "Lesbian Space Criminal" T-shirts, which you can now cop for the very reasonable price of $20. Bonus: Proceeds go to Live Like Roo, a U.S.-based organization that provides financial support to pet owners of dogs with cancer.

Regarding how the field of space law continues to evolve, Sundahl had this to say: "The more we go out there and spend time out there, all the things we do here are going to happen in space."

The L Word: The Next Generation, anyone?

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