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Wannabe astronaut is first to quit Nasa training in half a century

Robb Kulin resigned halfway through the course.

An astronaut-in-training has quit Nasa, the first time it has happened in 50 years.

Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Centre in Houston.

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

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A view from space of Hurricane Lane (Nasa/AP)

Mr Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants.

Mr Kulin, 34, was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected and said at the time he was hoping to fly on a vehicle he helped design.

SpaceX and Boeing are developing Nasa’s first commercial crew capsules, due to launch within the next year.

He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and an ice driller in Antarctica.

The last time astronauts-in-training resigned from Nasa was in 1968.

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