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NSF Supports NASA's IceBridge
News  /  Tuesday November 20, 2018
In late 2017, a specially modified Basler aircraft used a laser to map the Antarctic ice sheet ice as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge, which "bridged" a data-collection gap left by a...

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Nearly 50 Years Ago, Women Broke an Antarctic Barrier
News  /  Thursday November 15, 2018
Today, a woman, Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, heads NSF's office of Polar Programs and the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. And women may be found in a variety of occupations, both across the...

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Armistice Day Ceremony Commemorates Military Contributions to Peaceful Exploration of Antarctica
News  /  Thursday November 15, 2018
On the centennial of Armistice Day--which marked the end of World War I--an annual commemoration was held this weekend at McMurdo Station, NSF's logistics hub on the southernmost continent. The communities at...

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An Unprecedented Window Opens into a Lake Buried Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet
News  /  Thursday November 15, 2018
Initial data acquired by GPS observations made by OPP-funded researchers indicate that they may have beaten the odds while observing a lake buried more than 1000 meters under West Antarctic Ice Sheet...

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VIDEO: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Antarctic Style
News  /  Thursday November 15, 2018
This roughly one-minute video of the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory (MOO), and life at the bottom of Antarctica's McMurdo Sound, was created to celebrate MOO's first "birthday" this month....

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Heard Joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Oct 25, 2018

Heard Joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Erin Heard has joined the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section in the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs as NSF's Station Manager, Antarctica. In this role, during the Southern Hemisphere winter, he will provide day-to-day oversight of infrastructure and facilities operations in support of science in and around McMurdo Station, NSF's logistics hub on the continent.


Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging Investments in Education and Polar Science Sep 18, 2018

Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging Investments in Education and Polar Science

The Research on Learning (DRL) and Undergraduate Education (DUE) divisions of NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Office of Polar Programs have jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter to encourage proposals that will leverage NSF's investment in polar sciences and infrastructure and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research and development.


McGinn to Begin Temporary Assignment as Acting Head of Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section
NSF Office of Polar Programs Releases Updated Polar Code of Conduct

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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.