Buzz Aldrin evacuated from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for illness

Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station after becoming ill while visiting the station as a tourist.

The National Science Foundation agreed Thursday to provide a humanitarian medical evacuation flight for a sick visitor from its Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast and then on to New Zealand.

Aldrin became one of the first men to walk on the Moon in 1969, as part of the two-man lunar landing crew of Apollo 11.

The request to NSF, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, came on Dec. 1 from White Desert, a private tourism firm.

Ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes flown by the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard provided the air bridge between the South Pole and McMurdo.

Aldrin is recovering well in New Zealand, according to a statement on his website.