Living in space is not the same as living on earth, and without protection, no one will survive there. Space has no air, and there are lots of harmful radiations from the sun to the rest of the universe, which can result in terrible sunburn. I imagine the life of someone undergoing all the frustrations of divorce in space. The personal life of NASA space-woman Anne McClain who is also the first active astronaut of the LGBTQ+ community came to light due to the accusations made by her wife
Journey To Space
Anne McClain is a Senior Army Aviator from Spokane, Washington. In 2013, she was chosen out of 6000 candidates to journey to space as one of the 21st NASA astronaut class.
McClain married former Air Force intelligence officer Summer Worden who was a single mom before they met. Worden conceived her baby through in-vitro fertilization, and the baby was carried by a surrogate mother. McClain got used to Worden’s son and wanted to adopt him.
McClain developed a deep affection for the four-year-old boy and went with him to a NASA spacesuit photo shoot. The main issue was that despite marrying each other in 2014, Worden firmly prohibited McClain from adopting her son.
The marriage started drifting three years later because McClain’s wife was reluctant to allow her to adopt the boy. Also, McClain made an allegation of assault against Worden; unfortunately, the case got disbanded. She also alleged that Worden was so temperamental and a poor decision-maker in financial matters. All these differences resulted in a separation that was filed by Worden after opposing the allegations and stating that McCain had a plan of taking away her son.
Misery In Space
From December 2018 to June 2019, McClain worked as the International Space Station Flight Engineer for Expedition 58 and 59, which took seven months. McClain was also disturbed over the custodianship wrangle after her plea for joint custody was never taken seriously by the court.
In March 2019, McClain was to be among the first all-female spacewalk together with a spacewoman called Christina Koch, but it got called off because NASA had no sufficient spacesuits. As a result, McClain felt miserable for not getting anything she desired.
Worden discovered that someone had checked into her individual bank account. Being a holder of a degree in strategic intelligence and digital forensics, she used her knowledge to investigate who the person was and later realized it was McClain. The issue also got to NASA who summoned McClain, and out of anger. She then sent an email to Worden, which made Warden press charges of identity theft against her.
Crime In Space
Investigators contacted McClain and Worden from the inspector general’s office over the allegations made by Warden about McClain. This was going to be the first case of law-breaking in space following the director of Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University, who is Mark Sundahl. He uttered that allegation of crime committed in space was yet to be confirmed. During an under-oath interview with the inspector general, McClain said she was just overlooking the state of the family’s finances, and that wasn’t a crime.
Who Is Worden?
Summer Worden is a native of Kansas, she graduated from Canton Galva High school. She joined the University of Texas in San Antonio where she graduated with a business degree and a minor in aero-scope science in 1999. While in college, she was a member of Air Force ROTC and later became an intelligence officer after her graduation. She also worked at the National Security Agency and presently works in real estate.
Life as An LGBTQ+
McClain never made her sexuality public, and when it came out, questions were raised concerning the future of LGBTQ+ astronauts. How they will be treated and how they felt about their sexuality were some of the areas of concern. Also, O’Shaughnessy co-founded the science education company Sally Ride Science with her companion, who is a NASA astronaut. She addressed Space.com concerning McClain and the challenges encountered by astronauts in the community.
There was no evidence supporting Worden’s accusations against McClain. As the U.S attorney found that Worden’s claims were created stories and not based on reality.
In conclusion, the story of Worden and McClain and the first-ever alleged space criminal case is an indication that outer space is full of interesting things.