Official updates on Buzz Aldrin

  • Dec 1, 2016
  • By: Buzz Aldrin

Update 16:43 GMT from Team Buzz
Buzz is on his way home from New Zealand, accompanied by Mission Director Christina Korp!

Update from Buzz Aldrin
19:19 GMT Sunday 4th December 2016


18:30 GMT Saturday 3rd December 2016.

Buzz Aldrin is resting in hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. He still has some congestion in his lungs so has been advised not to take the long flight home to the States and to rest in New Zealand while it clears up.

Having been cleared by doctors previously, Buzz took the trip to Antarctica to add to his exploration achievements after having spacewalked in orbit during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966, having walked on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, traveled down to see the Titanic in 1996 and to the North Pole in 1998. The trip to the South Pole is the capstone of his personal exploration achievements.

But his primary interest in coming to Antarctica was to experience and study conditions akin to Mars that are more similar there than any other place on earth.

“I’m extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their swift response and help in evacuating me from the Admunsen-Scott Science Station to McMurdo Station and on to New Zealand. I had been having a great time with the group at White Desert’s camp before we ventured further south. I really enjoyed the time I spent talking with the Science Station’s staff too,” said Aldrin from his hospital room.

“I started to feel a bit short of breath so the staff decided to check my vitals. After some examination they noticed congestion in my lungs and that my oxygen levels were low which indicated symptoms of altitude sickness. This prompted them to get me out on the next flight to McMurdo and once I was at sea level I began to feel much better. I didn’t get as much time to spend with the scientists as I would have liked to discuss the research they’re doing in relation to Mars. My visit was cut short and I had to leave after a couple of hours. I really enjoyed my short time in Antarctica and seeing what life could be like on Mars.”

“Finally, thanks to everyone from around the world for their well wishes and support. I’m being very well looked after in Christchurch. I’m looking forward to getting home soon to spend Christmas with my family and to continue my quest for Cycling Pathways and a permanent settlement on Mars. You ain’t seen nothing yet!”, concluded Aldrin.

Christina Korp
Manager & Mission Control Director to
Astronaut, Gemini 12 & Apollo XI
Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, Inc

Update from our Mission Director Christina Korp – Friday December2nd 1730 UTC

Update from Buzz Aldrin – Friday December2nd 1303 UTC

Update from our Mission Director Christina Korp – Friday 2nd 0135 UTC



The evacuation flight for Buzz Aldrin has successfully landed at Christchurch, New Zealand and he has been transferred to hospital for examination. He is currently has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics and being kept in overnight for observation. His condition is stable and his manager, who is currently with him, described him being in good spirits.


We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the team at the American National Science Foundation for accommodating Buzz and his manager on one of their flights from the South Pole to New Zealand via McMurdo.


There will be further updates when additional information is available.





Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole.  He was visiting the Pole as part of a tourist group operated by White Desert and while there his condition deteriorated. As a precaution, following discussion between White Desert’s doctor and the US Antarctic Program doctor, Buzz, accompanied by his manager, was evacuated on the first available flight out of the South Pole to McMurdo with the USAP under the care of a USAP doctor.  His condition was described as stable on hand-over to the USAP medical team. 


This flight is still in progress and there will be further updates when additional information is available.

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142 Responses to “Official updates on Buzz Aldrin”

  1. […] Buzz Aldrin Astronaut Apollo 11, Gemini 12 » Official … – STATEMENT FROM BUZZ ALDRIN ENTERPRISES. 18:30 GMT Saturday 3rd December 2016. Buzz Aldrin is resting in hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. He still has … […]

  2. Yvonne Abdd-El-Gowad says:

    keep recovering and get home soon.
    Lots and Lots of Love
    Yvonne Abdd-El-Gowad

  3. Alicia Ingram says:

    Dear Buzz,
    I hope you are feeling better and have recovered. Altitude sickness can be a scary thing to live through. I hope that you are sleeping well and that whatever frightened you so much to make you post what you did was a symptom of your illness that has resolved and nothing more. Blessings to you, a man blessed with many adventures. Thank you for your bravery.
    Alicia Ingram

  4. Phil Sadler says:

    Glad you could see the South Pole Greenhouse, I designed and built it with the UA-CEAC. Hope you can look up our Lunar/Mars Greenhouse efforts on under Lunar Greenhouse. Glad you made it back, Pole is a tough place to work.

  5. Joe says:

    Get well soon. Is there any truth to your last Tweet before being evaced that “We are all in danger…”? Please elaborate, if you can.

  6. Dean Parker says:

    How can you not love a guy named Buzz. Always loved and well respected by his peers and the public. Will miss him, one of the last old school guys who changed the world.

  7. LOUIS M.EASTON says:

    Dear Buzz, im happy to hear you’re doing better. The whole world thinks you tweeted “WE ARE ALL IN DANGER. IT IS EVIL ITSELF.” I WAS WONDERING IF YOU TWEETED THIS AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US?

  8. Johnathan Bradley Adkins says:

    Buzz you are the epitome of a true soldier. Get well soon, that’s a order! (please sir, OK it’s more like a request than an order but still..)

  9. Get Well Soon! You are an inspiration!

  10. Susan Ratliff says:

    Glad to hear you’re recovering, in great spirits and resting. Sad to hear about the passing of your fellow Astronaut, John Glenn… I grew up in the USAF and got to meet a number of you Astro-nuts and enjoyed the meetings. Rest up! You might need to take a submersible to the Marianas Trench to fulfill all of your bucket-list ideas!

  11. Elaine kermes says:

    If you ever get back to Orange County I would definitely be honored to meet you again and this time get a picture of us.
    Stay well!!!!

  12. Elaine kermes says:

    I know you do not remember me but I met you at an Orange Co. Space Society mtg approx. 30 yrs ago, sat next to you. You signed your book Encounter with Tiber…never got a picture of us!!! what an honor! I wish you a speedy recovery!

  13. Darren Casella says:

    Get well soon Buzz – you are the best !

  14. […] The second person to walk on the moon in 1969, Aldrin was visiting Antarctica with a group hosted by luxury tourism operator White Desert when his “condition deteriorated,” according to a statement on his official website. […]

  15. […] The second person to walk on the moon in 1969, Aldrin was visiting Antarctica with a group hosted by luxury tourism operator White Desert when his “condition deteriorated,” according to a statement on his official website. […]

  16. […] Here’s the official statement from his website: […]

  17. Reggie says:

    A friend of mine living here in the Salvation Army, an old AF Aircrew man, reiterates statements you’ve made over the years as inspiration. He is an Alcoholic who fights the battle. We are both pilots and your words are an inspiration to both of us. We are not alone and we know it!
    All the Brest
    Reg Burch & Rob Houge

  18. […] Here’s the official statement from his website: […]

  19. Graham Freestone says:

    Dear Buzz,
    Sorry to hear you’re not well, get well soon. What an inspiration you are for our children and grandkids to come, with your seemingly endless drive for adventure. We’ve just arrived in Cocoa Beach from England, to visit KSC for a few days, before heading over to New Zealand for the main part of our vacation. We’ll be passing through Christchurch, in our campervan: can we bring you any treats from Home if you’re still there?
    Best Wishes
    Lucas Freestone (7years old, and a budding astronaut)
    Graham & Liz

  20. Iain Dall says:

    I wish you all the best and all my fondest childhood memories to help your recovery and strength for being such a role model for all of us just to go as far and to prove so much. Love, all your positive advocacy for our future explorations. You are one of the leaders to follow. Regards from Australia

  21. […] sentiu-se mal durante a expedição e teve de ser evacuado de emergência para a Nova Zelândia. No comunicado publicado no seu website, pode ler-se que Aldrin foi imediatamente transportado para um hospital. Como tinha líquido nos […]

  22. Ady Jurd says:

    Get better soon Buzz… you continue to be an inspiration to all.

    Now get your ar*e to your family and have a great Christmas.

  23. Anne and Marty says:

    Our wishes for your speedy recovery Mr Aldrin. We send you live from our family and look forward to your next adventure!

  24. […] on the first available flight. He has fluid in his lungs but was responding well to antibiotics, a statement read. His manager Christina Korp, who accompanied Aldrin, said he was in good […]

  25. […] 2 p.m. EST (19:00 GMT), Aldrin’s official website reported he successfully landed at Christchurch, New Zealand, and was transferred to the hospital for […]

  26. […] The legendary American astronaut — who was part of the first duo of men to ever walk on the moon — is in stable condition, according to his website. […]

  27. […] has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to treatment, a statement on his website said. He is being kept overnight for […]

  28. […] on the first available flight. He has fluid in his lungs but was responding well to antibiotics, a statement read. His manager Christina Korp, who accompanied Aldrin, said he was in good […]

  29. David says:

    What a Hero! Get well soon Buzz.

  30. Robert Grant says:

    Praying and confident that you will quickly recover. You have been one of my heroes since childhood. Godspeed

  31. Barry Rowland says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from my family and I and God bless you Buzz!

  32. Vivek Parab says:

    Get well soon Buzz.
    And congrats on being the oldest person to reach South Pole. From Moon to South Pole, quite a journey indeed!

  33. Bruce Diggs says:

    Buzz, NASA Kid here, meaning I watched you go to the moon and every other blast off NASA has had. I also have had the condition you are undergoing. Keep taking the pills big guy. My doctor at the VA did not give me any, I fared good, yet have to live with a partial lung now. Love your spirit Buzz. Stay at it.

  34. DR. JORELLE RAIEN says:

    Hoping to have a chance to meet you soon maybe in the Philippines or somewhere else. I’ll give you 1 of my “band of Spheres” bracelet. You’ll need it. –@dr_knght jorelle raien

  35. Dr. Jorelle Raien says:

    @TheRealBuzz You’ve still made it 2d South Pole. #skyisnotdlimit. Great Achievement. I believe in your “human strength”. Recover well #GYATM – @dr_knght jorelle raien

  36. Malcolm Gardner says:

    Dear Buzz,

    I hope you get better quickly!

    My wife and I watched your appearance on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s program. Fascinating insights andI learned many new things about the Apollo Program. As an aside, the father of a scientist friend of mine who conducts research on TB had worked at Grumman on the LEM. My friend said that some of the astronauts went to their house for dinner occasionally.

    All the best,


  37. You are a true hero wishing you a speedy recovery