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For First Time in Decades, Astronaut Quits During Training

Robb Kulin came to NASA from SpaceX
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2018 12:14 PM CDT
This June 6, 2017 photo shows NASA astronaut candidate Robb Kulin at Ellington Field in Houston.   (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)

(Newser) – For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. A NASA spokeswoman says his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin, 34, was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants, reports the AP.

An Alaskan native, Kulin was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected and said at the time he was hoping to fly on a vehicle he helped design. SpaceX and Boeing are developing NASA's first commercial crew capsules, due to launch within the next year. The last time astronauts-in-training resigned from NASA was in 1968.

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