For first time in decades, astronaut quits NASA training

For the first time in five decades, a NASA astronaut candidate has resigned from training, the US space agency has said. Robb Kulin resigned from NASA effective August 31 for personal reasons, spokeswoman Brandi Dean said, declining to provide further details.

Some 18 thousand people 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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