"This launch represents the realization of a decades' long dream to migrate part of human space exploration to private companies," former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino told Newsweek.
Space agency said the Artemis Accords are "critical to establish a common set of principles to govern civil exploration" by both countries and private sector companies.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed that Cruise is working on a project that would involve the International Space Station.
"NASA's strength has always been our ability and passion—collective and individual—for solving problems," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a Thursday press release.
"We realize there will be impacts to NASA missions, but we understand that our top priority is the health and safety of the NASA workforce," said the space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
Roscosmos had previously suggested a man-made hole in the Soyuz spacecraft caused an air leak on board the International Space Station in August 2018.
Mark Sirangelo was appointed special assistant to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in April.
The space agency is hoping to put the first woman on the lunar surface by 2024.
The anti-satellite missile test created bits of rockets and satellites that have broken away and now orbit Earth, posing a threat to the International Space Station, the NASA administrator said.
SpaceX has been awarded a $2.6 billion contract by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.
Other comments during his town hall touched on how discrimination will fare in his agency, the risks of human spaceflight and the fate of the agency's next major telescope.
"We are doing both the moon and Mars, in tandem, and the missions are supportive of each other."
"I believe that humans have contributed to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." But how much? That he wouldn't say.
The president faced criticism from both sides for his pick to serve as senior space science adviser, lead the agency and manage its resources.