South Pole res­cue

As­tro­naut who walked on moon evac­u­ated from Antarc­tica

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Christchurch

Re­tired US as­tro­naut and the sec­ond man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was re­cov­er­ing af­ter his med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion from Antarc­tica but is not yet able to re­turn home, his man­ager Christina Korp said on Sun­day.

“He still has some con­ges­tion in his lungs so has been ad­vised not to take the long flight home to the States and to rest in New Zealand while it clears up,” Korp said in a state­ment.

Aldrin, 86, was evac­u­ated to a hos­pi­tal in Christchurch on Fri­day af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing health prob­lems while on a trip to the South Pole.

“He now holds the record as the old­est per­son to reach the South Pole He’ ll be in­suf­fer­able now,” Korp quipped in a tweet.

Aldrin said his pri­mary in­ter­est in vis­it­ing the South Pole was to ex­pe­ri­ence and study con­di­tions sim­i­lar to life on Mars and to speak to National Science Foun­da­tion staff based in Antarc­tica.

“I didn’t get as much time to spend with the sci­en­tists as I would have liked to dis­cuss the re­search they’re do­ing in re­la­tion to Mars,” he said in a state­ment re­leased from his hos­pi­tal room.

“My visit was cut short and I had to leave af­ter a cou­ple of hours. I re­ally en­joyed my short time in Antarc­tica and see­ing what life could be like on Mars.”

But Aldrin said he was now look­ing for­ward to be­ing home by Christ­mas, as he con­tin­ues his quest for a per­ma­nent set­tle­ment on Mars.

Aldrin’s South Pole visit adds to his ex­plo­ration achieve­ments which in­clude a space­walk dur­ing the 1966 Gemini 12 mis­sion, walk­ing on the moon in 1969, go­ing down to see the Ti­tanic in 1996 and vis­it­ing the North Pole in 1998.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Buzz Aldrin lies in a hos­pi­tal bed in Christchurch af­ter be­ing evac­u­ated from the South Pole. Also pic­tured is his man­ager, Christina Korp, who posted the im­age on so­cial me­dia.

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