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Buzz Aldrin Medically Evacuated From South Pole After Becoming Ill During trip


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

clockDec 1 2016, 17:58 UTC

Buzz Aldrin was one of three astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. MISHELLA/Shutterstock

Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole after falling ill during a trip.

The second man on the Moon was in Antarctica as part of a tourist group. But, according to the National Science Foundation, the 86-year-old former astronaut was medically evacuated after being described as "ailing".


Aldrin was flown out by an LC-130 cargo plane from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He was taken to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast, and then to New Zealand.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said that he was flown out as a precaution after his condition “deteriorated”, but he is now stable.

It’s not entirely clear what happened yet, but here’s hoping everything turned out okay. Earlier, Buzz had tweeted a couple of times about his trip, and seemed in good spirits before the incident.


We'll update this story if we hear anything else. Don’t do this to us, 2016.

Update: Buzz tweeted to say he was okay following the incident.


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