Nasa boss visits Aldrin in NZ hospital

Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealan.

Iconic space pioneer Buzz Aldrin recently had a sightseeing trip to Antarctica cut short and had to be evacuated to a New Zealand hospital when his medical condition deteriorated.

He was flown from the South Pole to the US research facility at McMurdo Station where he received treatment from the US Antarctic Program medical team before flying to Christchurch.

According to the statement from White Desert, Aldrin will stay overnight for observation at the New Zealand hospital. The company is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, which was established in 1991 with the objective of advocating commercial travel to the Antarctic that is safe and sustainable.

Aldrin, who was on a tourist trip to the South Pole, said Newman beat him to the southernmost point of the world by one day.

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Aldrin documented his epic journey - from flights between Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa, to safety training alongside with manager, Christina Korp - on his Twitter page.

Aldrin had planned to visit the South Pole until December 12, according to his website.

Tour company White Desert said Aldrin has fluid in his lungs, but was responding well to antibiotics.

Aldrin landed with Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. 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 November 28.

Korp said on Twitter she'd told Aldrin he now holds the record as the oldest person to reach the South Pole, according to the National Science Foundation. A live video allowed people on Earth to watch as he and Armstrong became the first two men to set foot on the moon's surface.

  • Douglas Reid