The second man on the moon has had a hell of a week.
While accompanying a tourist group to the icy plains of Antarctica, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s health took a worrying turn.
The 87-year-old was airlifted to nearby New Zealand after his “condition deteriorated,” according to a statement.
By curious happenstance, the Apollo 11 pilot saw his path to recovery supervised by one David Bowie — the medical doctor that is, not the late musical and Space God.
Aldrin’s mission director Christina Korp tweeted out a picture of the two men deep in conversation, alongside Bowie’s MD plaque at the Canterbury Hospital, joking “you can’t make this stuff up.” Read more…
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Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole Wednesday after becoming ill.
Aldrin, who is 86-years-old, was visiting Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica as part of a tour group that left for the South Pole from Cape Town, South Africa on Nov. 29.
The U.S. National Science Foundation, working with the Air Force, evacuated Aldrin to McMurdo Station — a US Antarctic research facility — via a ski-equipped LC-130 cargo plane. He is in stable condition, according to a statement posted by White Desert, the tour operator.
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