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Aldrin continues to recuperate in NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016
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Buzz Aldrin is continuing to recuperate in New Zealand after he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness on a trip to the South Pole.

The 86-year-old, who was the second man to walk on the moon, on Sunday released details of what prompted his medical evacuation from Antarctica where he reached the South Pole with private tourism operator White Desert.

A tweet showed him doing a "snow angel" while in Antarctica with manager Christina Korp.

He says he went to Antarctica to experience and study conditions akin to Mars.

"I had been having a great time with the group at White Desert's camp before we ventured further south. I really enjoyed the time I spent talking with the science station's staff too," he said.

"I started to feel a bit short of breath so the staff decided to check my vitals. After some examination they noticed congestion in my lungs and that my oxygen levels were low which indicated symptoms of altitude sickness."

He was put on the next flight to the US research facility, McMurdo Station, where he received treatment from the US Antarctic Program medical team before flying to Christchurch, arriving early on Friday morning. He has been in Christchurch Hospital.

He said he felt much better once he got to McMurdo, which is at sea level.

The South Pole is on an ice plateau at an altitude of 2835 metres.

"I really enjoyed my short time in Antarctica and seeing what life could be like on Mars."

Aldrin said he was looking forward to getting home soon to spend Christmas with his family.

A former fighter pilot, Mr Aldrin stepped on the moon about 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong took the historic first step in July 1969.

Their moonwalk as part of the Apollo 11 lunar landing was watched by a then-record television audience of 600 million people.

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