For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut in training resigns.

(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.


Was he supposed to be on the Mars Mission? The one where “If you get selected - You are dying on Mar’s”


No - Boeing and Space X is launching manned capsules next year, and ironically he was involved with the Space X’s manned capsules.
Space X’s is the Dragon and Boeing’s is CS-100 Starliner. They’re going be supporting services to the ISS


Well since it’s involving aviation, I think it’s good to go on the #real-world-aviation.


It said for personal reasons. Who knows, sick family member, etc. Either way just being picked is an honor.


Spaceflight is in a way part of humanity’s aerial conquest, or aviation itself.

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No, you’re thinking of the fraud and scam called Mars One that has been exposed years ago.
This is just your everyday astronaut who goes to space to the ISS

No, next year, no Americans have been launched on American rockets on American soil since some fool retired the Space Shuttle in 2011.

*in training

Correct - They were selected two years ago


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