The accomplished film director and niece of the late President John F Kennedy told Express.co.uk of her “disappointment” in the current US presidency.
Ms Kennedy, who has filmed a documentary celebrating 60 years of NASA’s existence Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, fears the White House’s militarisation of space could starve the space agency of funding, focus and public interest.
The proposed Space Force branch of the US military was announced by Donald Trump during a meeting of the National Space Council on June 18, 2018.
If the proposal passes through, the Space Force will join ranks with the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force and US Coast Guard.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who commanded the ISS in March 2013, said there is no rapid drive towards militarising space.
The astronaut told Express.co.uk at the IP Expo Europe on October 3: “Words and actions are two different things. Space has been militarised to some degree since the very beginning.
“When I flew on the Russian Soyuz, it has a gun onboard, they’re space stations in the 1970s had guns on board – probably those guns are for when you come back to Earth and land where there are polar bears or grizzly bears or something.
“But obviously people have tests anti-satellite weapons, are intercontinental ballistic missiles goes into space and deliver tremendous military destruction all around the world.
“There’s a lot of bombast of course with what is going on with American politics, but I’m looking for what is going on behind it and I haven’t seen any significant structural change in what’s going on.”
The astronaut added what is going on right now is neither wrong nor was it in any way unpredictable considering past history.
Mr Hadfield said there is no “black and white” answer to the question that he knows of but as far as he can tell once unmanned presence in space grows to significant levels, then policymakers will have to think of a significant “step change”.
Ms Kennedy’s NASA documentary, titled Above & Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, airs at 8pm BST Sunday, October 14 exclusively on the Discovery Channel.
In addition, Discovery Channel’s Space Week airs between Sunday, October 8 and Sunday, October 14 on Sky channel 125.