Oh, no! Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole while on a trip with other tourists. The second man on the moon was reportedly feeling ill — find out exactly what happened.
Buzz Aldrin, 86, was on a trip to Antarctica when he “fell ill’ and was evacuated to the US Antarctic Program’s research center, multiple outlets report on Dec. 1. The White Desert tour company has said in an official statement the the former astronaut is now stable and under the care of a doctor. Phew! Here’s the full statement:
A White Desert client, Buzz Aldrin, has been evacuated from South Pole. Mr Aldrin was visiting the Pole as part of a tourist group and while there his condition deteriorated. As a precaution, following discussion between the White Desert doctor and the US Antarctic Program (USAP) doctor, Mr Aldrin, accompanied by a member of his team, was evacuated on the first available flight out of the South Pole to McMurdo with the USAP under the care of a USAP doctor. His condition was described as stable upon White Desert doctor’s hand-over to the USAP medial team.
White Desert would like to express their gratitude to USAP at this time for their support.
His family have been informed of the situation. This flight is still in progress and there will be further updates when additional information is available.
His evacuation flight was provided by the National Science Foundation.
Buzz seemed to be in great health just a few days before, when he tweeted his excitement about the expedition. “South Pole here I come!” he wrote on a photo of himself about to board a plane. Take a look:
Of course, Buzz was part of the famous Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon on the mission, and Buzz did the same minutes later.
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