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UPDATE: Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin “Recovering Well” After Medical Evacuation From South Pole

Buzz Aldrin 'recovering well' in New Zealand. Photo: Twitter

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.

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About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »