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It's a Team Effort to Launch a 940-Foot-Tall Balloon
USAP Headlines
Friday January 19, 2024

Launching a balloon that is 940-feet tall at launch is no easy task. It takes teams of scientists, experts, engineers, technicians and support staff from NASA and the USAP.

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New desktop study on Antarctica's potential subsea telecommunications cable
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Wednesday December 27, 2023

NSF announces the release of a comprehensive desktop study (DTS) assessing the feasibility of connecting NSF's McMurdo Station to either Australia or New Zealand via a subsea telecommunications cable through the South

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U.S. Antarctic Stations Show Their Pride
USAP Headlines
Tuesday December 26, 2023

Polar Pride Day festivities occur across the frozen continent

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Updated Guidance on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Environmental Update for USAP Personnel
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Tuesday September 26, 2023

There is a high risk that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI H5N1) will arrive in the Southern Ocean during the 2023/24 austral summer.

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Response to Antarctic Sea Ice Community
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Thursday September 21, 2023

Earlier this year, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) received a letter from researchers who depend on sea ice around McMurdo Station to conduct their research.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Physical Science Administrator (Program Director)

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Physical Science Administrator (Program Director)

New Office of Polar Programs News
Monday February 26, 2024

The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program Director in Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (AOAS).


Dr. Jean Cottam Allen joins the Office of Polar Programs as Acting Director

Dr. Jean Cottam Allen joins the Office of Polar Programs as Acting Director

New Office of Polar Programs News
Monday February 26, 2024

On February 26, 2024, Dr. Jean Cottam Allen joined as Acting Director for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO).


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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 Foundation's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.