Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from the South Pole

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SOUTH POLE, Antartica – Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, is being evacuated from the South Pole after his medical condition deteriorated, according to a release by the National Science Foundation.

Aldrin was part of a tourist group visiting Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station through luxury tourism operator White Desert. Although his condition has not been disclosed, a White Desert doctor and the US Antarctic Program doctor decided an evacuation would the best precautionary measure, according to a release from the company. The White Desert doctor said Aldrin’s condition was stable. The tourism operator made a request for a medical evacuation to the National Science Foundation today and they agreed.