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Buzz Aldrin Hospitalized After Medical Evacuation

Buzz Aldrin Hospitalized After Medical Evacuation

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 03:25 PM

Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is reportedly in stable condition at a New Zealand hospital after he was medically evacuated from the South Pole, news reports say.

Aldrin, who was the second man to walk on the moon, was reportedly being treated Thursday, after his medical condition deteriorated during a visit to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station through White Desert, the Washington Post says.

It is not known what caused his health to deteriorate. He is receiving antibiotics and treatment for fluid in his lungs, the report says.

The former NASA astronaut was part of a tourist group visiting the South Pole. Aldrin was expected to be there through Dec. 8, the Post says.

A White Desert doctor and the U.S. Antarctic Program doctor decided an evacuation would the best precautionary measure, according to a release from the company.

The tourism operator made a request for a medical evacuation to the National Science Foundation today, and it agreed, the news account says.

Aldrin will stay overnight for observation at the hospital. His manager described him as being in good spirits, the paper says.

In 1969, Aldrin, along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, flew to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission. He became the second person to walk on the moon, after Armstrong.

 

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