Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin has left the New Zealand hospital he was evacuated to after falling ill during a trip to the South Pole.
“Bye bye New Zealand! Hope to see you again! (But next time for vacation and not evacuation),” Aldrin’s manager, Christina Korp, tweeted overnight, along with a photo of Aldrin smiling while sitting on a plane.
Aldrin, 86, was medically evacuated on Dec. 2 while on a tourist trip to Antarctica. His weeklong hospital stay was the result of symptoms of altitude sickness, including shortness of breath, he said.
“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,” Aldrin said in a statement. “I really enjoyed my short time in Antarctica …