Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole due to health issue


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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was today evacuated from U.S. South Pole station due to a worsening health condition.

Aldrin, 86, is in stable condition after “his condition deteriorated” while visiting Antarctica, according to White Desert, which organizes luxury tourism trips to the icy continent. The group said Aldrin was evacuated on the first available flight out of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to the McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast under the care of a doctor with the U.S. Antarctic Program. He then was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, and arrived at about 4:25 a.m. local time Friday (10:25 a.m. Thursday ET), according to the National Science Foundation, which provided the flight for Aldrin.

They have not released much information about his condition, other than saying that Aldrin is in good spirits.

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  • LocalFluff

    Oh, finally the space-hypochondriacs have a potential medical indication for their case!
    47½ year after microgravity, cosmic radiation, toxic Moon dust and imagined social-psycho-madness in space isolation whatever. The never-goers can finally prove for themselves that human space travel is impossible.

    Go hard, Buzz! We who live, we all want to follow you.

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