ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated Thursday from the South Pole to New Zealand after he became ill, the National Science Foundation said.
Aldrin, 86 and the second person to walk on the moon, was taken from the foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast to be transported to New Zealand. The foundation described Aldrin as an "ailing visitor" taken on a "humanitarian medical evacuation flight."
Aldrin, who was part of a tourist group visiting the station, was transported from the South Pole to McMurdo Station aboard a landing-ski-equipped cargo plane operated by the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard. A flight to New Zealand will be scheduled "as soon as possible," the foundation said.
Earlier this week, Aldrin tweeted photos of himself preparing for the flight to Antarctica. He was scheduled to be on his trip from Nov. 25 through Dec. 12, according to his website.