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Buzz Aldrin Fine After Evacuation From Antarctica, Confirmed As Oldest South Pole Explorer


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

Buzz pictured in hospital with his assistant Christina Korp. Twitter

Buzz Aldrin is said to be recovering well after his illness the other day – and he’s got a world record to remember the event by.

The second man on the Moon was on an Antarctic expedition to the South Pole when he became severely ill on Thursday, December 1. This led to him being medically evacuated and flown to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Thankfully, his team released a statement shortly after saying Buzz had “recovered well”. In a series of tweets, Buzz was shown in hospital alongside his assistant Christina Korp. There was even some amusement, as Buzz’s doctor was called David Bowie – which seemed pretty apt, considering how much of a proponent Buzz is for Mars exploration.


“I’m extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their swift response and help in evacuating me from the Admunsen-Scott Science Station to McMurdo Station and on to New Zealand,” Buzz said in a statement.

Buzz said he had been at the White Desert camp but began to feel a bit short of breath, after some examination, his lungs were found to be low on oxygen, a symptom of altitude sickness, so he was flown out as soon as possible.

“I didn’t get as much time to spend with the scientists as I would have liked to discuss the research they’re doing in relation to Mars,” he said. “My visit was cut short and I had to leave after a couple of hours. I really enjoyed my short time in Antarctica and seeing what life could be like on Mars.”


While his trip wasn’t as long as he hoped, there was some good news. At the age of 86, Buzz has been confirmed as the oldest person to ever visit the South Pole. Not bad for someone who’s also been to the Moon, seen the Titanic in person, and been to the North Pole.



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