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GOES-3 Satellite Decommissioned After Linking Antarctica to the World For More Than 20 Years
News  /  Tuesday July 19, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was...

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A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration
News  /  Wednesday July 20, 2016
It is no small undertaking to design and build a 25-foot-long underwater robot, launch it through a narrow hole drilled through 20 feet of sea ice, allow it to maneuver it autonomously...

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Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent
News  /  Thursday July 7, 2016
The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth." Each year, scientists travel to remote sections of the frozen continent to look for these pieces of outer space. They're hunting...

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Research Shows Antarctic Lakes Are a Repository For Ancient Soot
News  /  Friday June 10, 2016
Remote lakes in a perpetually ice-free area of Antarctica show not only the chemical signature of ancient wildfires, but also some much more recent evidence of fossil-fuel combustion, according to National Science...

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Early Career Researchers Publish New Insights Into Antarctic Subglacial Lakes
News  /  Thursday April 28, 2016
Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters...

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Changing Ocean Chemistry May Threaten Antarctic Food Chain
News  /  Wednesday March 30, 2016
National Science Foundation-funded researchers have collected the first long-term evidence that links changes in Antarctic ocean chemistry to the inability of tiny pteropods to build the protective shells they need to survive....

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Dear Colleague Letter: Support For Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research Aug 8, 2016

Dear Colleague Letter: Support For Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

NSF's Geosciences and Education and Human Resources directorates will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in undergraduate education, informal science education or formal PK-12 science or math education.

Antarctic Infrastructure Positions Open Jul 20, 2016

Antarctic Infrastructure Positions Open

NSF's Division of Polar Programs is seeking to fill two staff vacancies at its Arlington, Va. Headquarters; Chief Program Manager in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) section and Facilities Construction and Maintenance Manager in AIL. Deadlines for application are August 15, 2015 and July 27, 2016, respectively.

Polar Research Community Advice and Opinions Sought on NSF Polar Programs Realignment Jul 6, 2016

Polar Research Community Advice and Opinions Sought on NSF Polar Programs Realignment

The National Science Foundation has posted a Dear Colleague Letter seeking research community input in evaluating a change of structure that took place in FY 2013 in which Polar was realigned from the Office of Polar Programs to the Division of Polar Programs within the Directorate for Geosciences.


Special Report

A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.

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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

Video: International Jazz Day is Celebrated at South Pole Station

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