American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has been medically evacuated from the South Pole, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a private tourism group. The 86-year-old was traveling with the tourist group, White Desert, when his “condition deteriorated,” the group said in a statement. Aldrin was in good health when he left for the trip and posted several photos to his Twitter account in anticipation.
Aldrin, a White Desert doctor, the US Antarctic Program (USAP) doctor, and a member of Aldrin’s team were evacuated on the first available flight out of the South Pole Amundsen-Scott station to McMurdo Station. McMurdo station is the U.S. Antarctic Program’s research center.
Aldrin’s condition was described as “stable” at the time the White Desert doctor handed him over to healthcare professionals at McMurdo station. The NSF has stated they will only issue additional statements about the patient’s medical condition only as conditions warrant.