Buzz Aldrin made it to the South Pole before he was evacuated from Antarctica to a New Zealand hospital.

Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was visiting Antarctica as a tourist when he fell ill. He was flown to Christchurch from McMurdo Station and immediately taken to hospital.

The 86-year-old's manager Christina Korp posted on Twitter that Aldrin made it to the South Pole before he was flown out.


Earlier Korp tweeted that the former astronaut had fluid in his lungs, but was recovering in hospital after a "gruelling" 24-hour flight.

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In a statement on Aldrin's website, it said he was "responding well to antibiotics" and his condition is stable.

Aldrin was on a sightseeing tour with his son Andrew, according to the Associated Press. The tour group departed Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday.

Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Photo / Nasa
Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Photo / Nasa
Buzz Aldrin's lunar footprint in a photo taken by him on July 21, 1969. Photo / Wikimedia
Buzz Aldrin's lunar footprint in a photo taken by him on July 21, 1969. Photo / Wikimedia