(photo of Robb Kulin provided by NASA)
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. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons but couldn’t comment any farther due to privacy laws. Kulin is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and worked as a fishermen in Alaska. He also worked as an Ice Driller in Antarctica. Kulin was one of 12 people last year to go into space on SpaceX/Boeing manned capsules. At the time of his selection Kulin was a Senior manager at Space X. The last time an astronaut resigned was in 1968.