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Ill Buzz Aldrin flown from South Pole

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

Buzz Aldrin is recovering after being flown to New Zealand from Antarctica where he made it to the South Pole.

The second man on the moon is being treated in a New Zealand hospital after falling ill.

The 86-year-old former American astronaut was suffering from a medical condition, a tourism company he was travelling with said.

White Desert said in a statement he had fluid in his lungs and was in Christchurch Hospital for examination.

But it said he was responding well to antibiotics.

His condition is stable and his manager, who is with him, reported he was in good spirits.

His manager Christina Korp later tweeted Aldrin is recovering.

"I did want to let people know that he did make it to the South Pole which was his objective," she said with accompanying images.

Aldrin was flown from South Pole to the US research facility at McMurdo Station where he received treatment from the US Antarctic Program medical team before flying to Christchurch.

Television footage showed Aldrin walking down the ramp of a transport plane with people at his side before getting into an ambulance.

He was later pictured being pushed into the hospital in a wheelchair.

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