For first time in decades, astronaut quits NASA training

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For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut candidate is quitting Nasa. NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean characterised Kulin's departure to the news agency as for personal reasons that can not be disclosed due to privacy reasons.

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

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

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Kulin left a job with SpaceX previous year to join the NASA astronaut class, according to media reports.

"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 a year ago, according to USA Today. The space agency received more than 18,000 applications for its 2017 class, awarding them to a dozen individuals who will undergo a two-year astronaut training program. Before Kulin, NASA's most recent astronaut candidate resignation happened in 1968, first with Brian O'Leary leaving in early 1968 followed by John Llewellyn in August 1968.

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