Buzz Aldrin’s Steps Foot on the South Pole, Briefly
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is a badass. A fighter pilot in Korea, Aldrin went on to become a test pilot, navigational genius, and the second person to ever set foot on the moon. Now 86 years old, he is still going. Just this month, he became the oldest person ever to reach the South Pole when he flew in this December. It was a brief record however. Not long after arriving at the pole, the former astronaut started to complain about shortness of breath and lightheadedness. As his condition deteriorated, officials at the Amundsen-Scott Pole Station scrambled to find him a flight out before the Acute Mountain Sickness got worse. It seems that the rapid accent to 9,000 feet above sea level Aldrin experienced was too much for his system. He is now recovered and, we hope, ready for a less risky adventure — perhaps helping to plan to get the next generation to Mars?
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