- Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin said he is leaving NASA for personal reasons
- The last nominee of a NASA astronaut ran in 1
For the first time in 50 years, the NASA astronaut candidate has resigned, the space agency said this week.
Upon graduation In the first year of a two-year apprenticeship, 35-year-old astronaut candidate Robb Kulin decided to hang his space suit for "personal reasons," NASA spokesman Brandi Dean told weather.com. His resignation comes into force on 31 August.
It is rare that an astronaut candidate leaves the job, especially as more than 18,000 apply each year for 12 available seats.
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Space historian Robert Pearlman told Ars Technica the last time an astronaut contestant left office in 1968 .
"Chemist John Llewellyn, member of the Sixth NASA Group The apprentices and the second 1967-selected group of scientist astronomers withdrew from the program a year later, after realizing that it was not suitable for flying jets," Pearlman said , "A NASA publication in August 1968 announcing his departure said," Dr. Llewellyn said it had become obvious a few weeks ago that he was not getting on as he should. "
Kulin was in Alaska and belonged to the agency's 22nd grade" Ascans, "as they are called in the agency, which includes seven men and five women. He joined the program, which began in 1959 after working as a mechanical engineer for the SpaceX rocket company.
After compulsory two-year training, candidates are eligible to make missions to the International Space Station or future missions the Moon and beyond.
"Hopefully one day I will fly with a vehicle that has components I design ," Kulin said during a press conference for the announcement of the class in June 2017.
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