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The Bigfella
12-01-2016, 03:53 PM
Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole


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Buzz Aldrin has crisscrossed the globe in recent months and years, pushing hard for human exploration of Mars. Picture: AFP


Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recuperating in stable condition on Thursday at a New Zealand hospital after being evacuated from the South Pole.

Aldrin, 86, was visiting Antarctica as a tourist when he fell ill. He was flown to Christchurch from McMurdo Station, a US research centre on the Antarctic coast.

Tour company White Desert said Aldrin has fluid in his lungs, but was responding well to antibiotics. He’ll remain hospitalised overnight for observation.

His manager Christina Korp, who accompanied him, said he was in good spirits. On Twitter, she said the past 24 hours had been gruelling. She posted side-by- side photos of Aldrin - one on a stretcher giving a thumbs-up with a purple knit cap on his head, another in a hospital bed with an IV in his left arm and an oxygen tube in his nose.

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Official statement about Buzz and his evacuation from the South Pole. He's recovering well in NZ. Full statement http://buzzaldr.in/2gN7a8U (https://t.co/OacRI4577Z)



Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first men on the moon, on July 20, 1969. Armstrong died in 2012.

Just three weeks ago, Aldrin was at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the unveiling of a new astronaut exhibit. The ceremony coincided with the 50th anniversary of his launch with Jim Lovell on Gemini 12, the last of the two-man Gemini flights. Both were present and looked as energetic as usual.
Aldrin has crisscrossed the globe in recent months and years, pushing hard for human exploration of Mars (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/troy-bramston/buzz-aldrin-second-man-on-moon-sets-sights-on-mars-mission/news-story/a3baaf30bd7b1a508b766877e4826212) and promoting space and science education.

His latest book, “No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man who Walked on the Moon,” came out in April.
http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/92e89e0c18bb4018007fd9b3faeca5a3Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first men on the moon, on July 20, 1969. Picture: AFP

“We wish Buzz a speedy recovery,” White Desert said in a statement. Aldrin was part of an Antarctica sightseeing tour, along with son Andrew. The elder Aldrin was clearly excited about his adventure to the bottom of the world: “South Pole here I come!” he said via Twitter on Nov. 28.
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The National Science Foundation helped provide the air lift via a ski-equipped LC-130 cargo plane from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to McMurdo, and then on to New Zealand on another plane.
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Iceboy
12-02-2016, 08:16 AM
Sigh. As much as I like Buzz, here is another waste of precious resources just to remove a sick tourist. I think they should at least have to carry insurance to pay for this and be charged the full rate for everything. So much science time and money out the window just to satisfy someone's ego. What a shame.