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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 said.

world Updated: Aug 29, 2018 18:40 IST
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This handout photo released by NASA shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard shortly after the Mobile Service Tower was rolled back on August 10, 2018.(AFP File Photo)

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

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

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.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 17:22 IST

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