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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

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  Kathmandu, Nepal      December 03 2016

‘The moon man’ Aldrin Buzz shares his experience in a programme organised at the Nepal Academy Hall, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Photo: Skanda Gautam

 
SYDNEY: Former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.
 
Aldrin, 86, who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday local time when his condition deteriorated.
 
He has fluid in his lungs but is responding well to antibiotics and is in a stable condition, according to his official website.
 
Aldrin appeared in good spirits on Saturday after receiving a visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman at Christchurch Hospital.
 
“I had a surprise visitor this morning. My longtime friend,” he wrote on Twitter.
 
In the photos, Aldrin can be seen giving a thumbs-up sign and sitting in front of a tray of food and juice.