Buzz Aldrin recovers in New Zealand after medical evacuation

By Julie Gargotta, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, December 02, 2016, 8:41 AM EST

He’s a life-long adventurer, known for walking on the moon. But, Buzz Aldrin’s latest journey landed him in the hospital.

The 86-year-old, who lives in Brevard County, had to be evacuated from the South Pole while on a tour excursion after he got fluid in his lungs and his health “deteriorated” rapidly.

He posted this picture on his Twitter page, saying he’s recovering and in stable condition at a hospital in New Zealand.

Aldrin documented his epic journey — from flights between Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa, to safety training alongside with manager, Christina Korp — on his Twitter page. It’s now filled with well-wishes for his recovery following illness.

Aldrin traveled with White Desert Tours, an operator which takes travelers to far flung places, like Antartica. Trips listed on the luxury excursion website cost about 64,000 euros per person to travel the South Pole.

But, after he fell ill, the tour operator posted on its Instagram page that Aldrin was successfully evacuated, flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, to receive antibiotic treatment.

Aldrin, who took part of Apollo XI and Gemini 12 space missions, has a loyal following.

Many headed online to share their well wishes for the former astronaut. As Aldrin recovers, his manger tweeted that the former astronaut did reach his objective: making it to the South Pole.