Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness.

The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Whatever you may think of the Apollo missions, I hope you’ll join me in agreeing that this rocket man is quite awesome. He’s inspiring as an example of someone in amazing shape and good spirits at 86 and he seems to be enjoying a long full life.

Bonus irony:

In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole.

In a truly remarkable coincidence, Aldrin’s doctor shares the name of the late British singer whose greatest hits included songs such as “Starman” and others about space travel that could easily have been penned for the great American astronaut.

The coincidence certainly tickled Aldrin’s manager, Christina Korp, who posted a photo on Twitter of Aldrin and Dr Bowie together in a Christchurch hospital.

“Thank heaven @TheRealBuzz’s doctor is David Bowie,” Korp said on Twitter. “You can’t make this stuff up.”

Bowie, the singer and actor, released his smash hit “Space Oddity” about a fictional astronaut who loses communication with ground control in 1969, just days before Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

Their moonwalk, part of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, was watched by a then-record television audience of 600 million people worldwide.

Bowie, who also adopted the alter ego of Ziggy Stardust, followed the success of “Space Oddity” with the release of “Starman” in 1972.

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I was just talking to someone today about this all being a simulation. This is the kind of thing you’d expect in a simulation universe.

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