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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The town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is just coming to grips with the wildfires that left at least 10 people dead.
Officials said about 75 people were injured, and recovery efforts are currently focusing on searching for more survivors, the Associated Press reported. A full day of rain helped settle the blaze by Thursday morning, revealing a heartbreaking path of debris and destruction.
The sheer heat of the flames was made all the more real by photographs capturing the aftermath. One image shows the empty shell of a car, its tires gone, aluminum hubcaps melted and metal dripping away from the vehicle. Read more…
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