Buzz Aldrin's Antarctic emergency has social media worried

Social Cues: Also trending is World AIDS Day and a segment from "The Daily Show."

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Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, had a medical emergency at the South Pole on Thursday.

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Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin has social media on alert after he needed emergency medical transportation from the South Pole on Thursday morning.

On Facebook, users are chattering about a new Nokia device set for release in early 2017, marking an unexpected comeback for the fallen phone manufacturer.

Social Cues is our guide to what's trending across social media. Here's what people are talking about this Thursday:

Buzz Aldrin: The second man on the moon was evacuated from the South Pole after facing medical issues on Thursday. The iconic astronaut left for Antarctica on Tuesday as part of a tourist group. Doctors said he is in stable condition. Users on Twitter are hoping for a speedy recovery for Aldrin. Others were alarmed when they saw his name as a trending topic, fearing it signaled that Aldrin had died.

Nokia: You can't kill the brand behind the indestructible phone, apparently. Nokia says it's targeting 2017 to unleash an Android-based phone. Nokia's return is trending on Facebook, with more than 700,000 people talking about the company since the news broke. Nokia had been on a hiatus from making phones since it was scooped up by Microsoft.

Tomi Lahren / Trevor Noah: "The Blaze" commentator and the "Daily Show" host faced off on Comedy Central on Wednesday night, with the clip spreading on social media by Thursday morning. Lahren has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement, Beyoncé and Colin Kaepernick on her conservative show. On Wednesday's episode of the Daily Show, Noah asked why she was so angry. Lahren said "people just need to be called on their shit," which the Daily Show host attempted to do in a 26-minute interview with her. Both names are trending on Facebook, with Lahren taking to Twitter to comment on her segment.

Tacoma: An 11-hour police standoff in Washington ended with the suspect shot and killed on early Thursday morning. The gunman shot and killed a Tacoma officer who was responding to a domestic violence call on Wednesday. Twitter users were following the news as the standoff developed while the suspect was on the run. Washington officials also mourned the loss of the unidentified officer on Twitter.

World AIDS Day: Thursday marks the international day of recognition for AIDS, with social media users promptly their friends and followers to get tested for the condition caused by HIV. The day is also for remembering the millions of people who have died from the virus and pushing to eradicate AIDS. Apple is participating in World AIDS Day by going Red. Here's what Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about the day:

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