Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole for medical reasons

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Buzz Aldrin, former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 11 Pilot, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness hearing on human exploration goals and commercial space competitiveness. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (WKRN) – The second man to walk on the moon was evacuated from the South Pole early Thursday morning.

Buzz Aldrin was flown by the National Science Foundation (NSF) from Antarctica to Christchurch, New Zealand from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Once he arrived in New Zealand, the renowned astronaut from the Apollo 11 lunar mission was transferred to local medical facility.

Officials did not give details on the 86-year-old’s health issues but doctors say he is stable.

According to NSF, Aldrin was travelling with White Desert, a private tourism firm that offers trips and adventures to Antarctica.