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For first time in decades, astronaut quits NASA training

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In this file photo taken on December 06, 2007 Vultures fly past a NASA logo on the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center after a 24-hour delay of the launch of US space shuttle Atlantis was announced due to technical problems. 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. / AFP

Washington, United States — 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. — AFP