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For first time in five decades, astronaut quits NASA training


Washington, Aug 29: For the first time in five decades, a NASA astronaut candidate has resigned from training, the US space agency has said.

NASA astronaut Robb Kulin. Courtesy: @Alaskan_Astro

Robb Kulin resigned from NASA effective August 31 for personal reasons, spokeswoman Brandi Dean said, declining to provide further details.

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It's not an easy gig to get -- some 18,000 people routinely seek the 12 spots that open each year.

Kulin, who joined his class sounding upbeat, is the first would-be astronaut to leave training since a resignation in 1968.



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