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Thumbs Up! Buzz Aldrin Gets Surprise Visit in Hospital

"I had a surprise visitor this morning," the 86-year-old rocket man tweeted

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    Thumbs Up! Buzz Aldrin Gets Surprise Visit in Hospital
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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 24: Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin testifies before the Senate Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee on Capitol Hill February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of "U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness."

    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was medically evacuated from the South Pole earlier this week, is continuing to recover in a New Zealand hospital — and is in good spirits thanks to a visit from a friend, NBC News reported.

    "I had a surprise visitor this morning," the 86-year-old rocket man tweeted from his hospital bed Saturday, along with photos of himself and NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman.

    The tweet called Newman a "longtime friend."

    Aldrin had been on a tourism adventure to Antarctica when "his condition deteriorated," according to White Desert, which organizes luxury tourism trips to the icy continent. He was evacuated on the first flight out as a precaution and transferred to a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand, where doctors determined he had fluid in his lungs and prescribed him antibiotics.