Buzz Aldrin Departs New Zealand After Weeklong Hospital Stay

The iconic astronaut's assistant tweeted a photo of him on an airplane.

Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, had to be evacuated from the South Pole on December 2 after a medical emergency. Aldrin later released a statement saying he “started to feel a bit short of breath” and, upon further evaluation, doctors discovered some congestion in his lungs.

Prior to his medical evacuation, Aldrin became the oldest person to reach the South Pole.

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