Second Man to Walk on the Moon Evacuated from South Pole

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Buzz Aldrin in Stable Condition

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon was evacuated from the South Pole after his health deteriorated while visiting the Antarctica. Earlier this week Aldrin posted personal photos showing him preparing for his trip to the area. Yesterday, on Twitter he captioned one of his photos, “South Pole here I come!”

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Aldrin was a part of a tour group visiting the South Pole. The 86-year-old fail ill and was evacuated. He arrived at a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. White Desert, the tour company issued a statement that Aldrin has fluid in his lungs. It went on to say that he was responding well to antibiotics and was in stable condition. The group was scheduled to be in the area until Dec 8. The company said his “condition deteriorated” shortly after arriving.

Aldrin was born in Montclair, N.J., as Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. His nickname Buzz came about because his sister could not pronounce the word “brother.” Instead she said “buzzer,” thus, the nickname stuck. Aldrin, along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, flew to the moon on the Apollo 11 in 1969. After Armstrong walked on the moon he was followed by Aldrin – who became the second man to walk on the moon.