Astronaut-in-Training Becomes the 1st in 50 Years to Quit NASA

Astronaut-in-Training Becomes the 1st in 50 Years to Quit NASA

Astronaut-in-Training Becomes the 1st in 50 Years to Quit NASA

For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut candidate is quitting Nasa.

Nasa spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he was leaving for personal reasons that the space agency can not discuss due to privacy laws.

It's not an easy gig to get - some 18,000 people routinely seek the 12 spots that open each year. There hasn't been a similar departure of an astronaut from NASA's training program since 1968.

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According to the AP report, Kulin recently chose to leave his training at Houston's Johnson Space Center with an effective termination date of Friday.

Kulin, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, holds a master's degree in materials science and doctorate in engineering.

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Per USA Today, NASA does not expect to replace Kulin with another applicant.

"My whole goal coming out of that, and I would say the team's whole goal, was to make sure that the Falcon 9 was as reliable and successful as possible for SpaceX's commercial partners but also, of course very importantly, for the crew that will fly on that vehicle", he said past year, according to USA Today.

Kulin hasn't issued a statement elaborating on his decision to leave the program. According to the AP, Kulin's career also included stretches as a commercial fisherman and ice driller.

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