- Buzz Aldrin
- 86:314 year(s):day(s)
- Not Applicable ()
The oldest person to have visited the South Pole is Dr Buzz Aldrin (USA, b. 20 January 1930), who arrived at the Pole as part of a tourist group on 29 November 2016 at the age of 86 years 314 days. Aldrin, who was part of the first crewed lunar mission in 1969, is one of the few people to have walked on the Moon and visited a pole on Earth.
Buzz took ill during his visit to the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and on 1 December was air-lifted to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast in a ski-equipped LC-130 cargo plane, before being flown to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. The rescue was organized by the National Space Foundation.
In 1998, Buzz visited the North Pole as the guest on a Russian nuclear-powered ice-breaker, making him the oldest person to visit both poles.