Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, evacuated from the South Pole

FILE PHOTO Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. MIT is commemorating 100 years of aeronautics and astronautics research at the school with the three-day "AeroAstro Centennial Symposium." (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
FILE PHOTO Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. MIT is commemorating 100 years of aeronautics and astronautics research at the school with the three-day "AeroAstro Centennial Symposium." (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Officials say former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, has been evacuated by plane from the South Pole for medical reasons.

An association of Antarctica tour operators said Thursday that 86-year-old Aldrin was visiting the South Pole as part of a private tourist group when his health deteriorated. It said he was taken on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center on the Antarctic coast. It described his condition as stable.

The National Science Foundation, which manages the U.S. Antarctic program, said Aldrin would be flown from McMurdo to New Zealand.

Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon in 1969 as part of the U.S. Apollo 11 mission.

 

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