Buzz Aldrin is recovering in a New Zealand hospital after being medically evacuated from the South Pole.

By Dave Quinn
Updated December 02, 2016 09:14 AM
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Source: Buzz Aldrin/Twitter

Buzz Aldrin is recovering in a New Zealand hospital after being medically evacuated from the South Pole.

The second person to walk on the moon in 1969, Aldrin was visiting Antarctica with a group hosted by luxury tourism operator White Desert when his “condition deteriorated,” according to a statement on his official website.

The 86-year-old was evacuated on the first available flight from McMurdo Station, a research center in Antarctica run by the National Science Foundation. He was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand.

An examination at a local hospital found Aldrin had fluid in his lungs, but his is said to be in stable condition and “good spirits” after being treated with antibiotics — and is responding well. He is being kept in the hospital overnight for observation.

Christina Korp, Aldrin’s manager, called the evacuation “grueling” on Twitter — posting the side-by-side photos of her and a smiling Aldrin while on a stretcher and in a hospital bed.

An IV can be seen in his left arm. He’s also wearing a nasal cannula, which is generally used wherever small amounts of supplemental oxygen are required.

She also shared images of Aldrin at the South Pole — saying that despite his health, Aldrin had achieved his objective by making it there.

“We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at the American National Science Foundation for accommodating Buzz and his manager on one of their flights from the South Pole to New Zealand via McMurdo,” the tourist company said in a statement.

More updates are expected to be released Friday.

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Aldrin was excited about his Antarctica adventure, which he also attended with his son, Andrew.

On Tuesday, the Apollo 11 astronaut shared a snap of himself standing in front of a plane with his luggage, wearing a “Destination Mars” T-shirt.

“South Pole here I come!” he captioned the picture.

“I could be a little underdressed for Antarctica,” he added in another tweet. “Although I tend to be hot blooded.”