UPDATE: Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin "Recovering Well" After Medical Evacuation From South Pole
In a tweet, Aldrin’s manager says the former astronaut has fluid in his lungs, but is recovering well after a successful medical evacuation to New Zealand. He’s being kept overnight for evaluation.
Aldrin was flown from a research base in the South Pole to Christchurch, New Zealand – with a stop on the Antarctic coast.
The private tour company escorting Aldrin on the South Pole trip said he was ailing and his condition deteriorated – so they asked for a medical transport.
The National Science Foundation provided a medical evacuation plane for Aldrin, along with medical care.
Aldrin, now 86 years old, was the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.