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Statement by Dr. Kelly K. Falkner: On the Passing of Adrian-Dahood Fritz
Friday September 06, 2019
On behalf of all of us in NSF's Office of Polar Programs, I wish to express our deepest sorrow at the untimely loss of our former colleague and co-worker, Adrian Dahood-Fritz. Adrian...

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In Memorium: Umihiko Hoshijima, Antarctic Scientific Diver
Monday August 19, 2019
Umihiko ("Umi") Hoshijima, a postdoctoral researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, died in a diving accident while working on a research project in collaboration with the U.S. Geological...

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IceCube Neutrino Observatory Upgrade
Wednesday August 07, 2019
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the detector at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station that identified the first likely source of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays, is getting an upgrade. On June 25, NSF...

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NASA Balloon Over Antarctica Tests Neutron Stars' Mettle
Thursday August 01, 2019
Neutron Stars are the dense remains of stars which, at the end of their "life," were not quite large enough to collapse into black holes. Gravity crushes the dying star, fusing electrons...

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PRI Shows How Seals Assist Scientists with Predictions of the Thwaites Glacier Collapse
Monday July 15, 2019
Weddell seals dive almost 2,000 feet below the ocean's surface. Elephant seals (such as the one in this 2005 photo) go even deeper - more than 3,000 feet. That means if scientists...

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USAP Station Webcams

Live Images from Antarctica

McMurdo Station - Arrival Heights Webcam
McMurdo Station - Observation Hill Webcam
McMurdo Station - ITC-Prime Construction Webcam
South Pole Station - Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Webcam
South Pole Station - South Pole Radio Telescopes Webcam
Palmer Station - Palmer Station Webcam


USAP Photo Library

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View current and historical photos profiling science, scenery, wildlife, and more at the USAP Photo Library.

The Antarctic Sun

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The Antarctic Sun is the official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.

Program Announcements

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Revision Strongly Encourages Interdisciplinary Research Proposals Aug 15, 2019

Revision Strongly Encourages Interdisciplinary Research Proposals

The new Antarctic Research solicitation (NSF 19-595) has been revised to encourage disciplinary research in addition to research that crosses, and integrates, disciplinary perspectives and approaches in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. The goal of this change is to remove perceived barriers for submission of research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries while ensuring continued support for core research themes.

Heidelberg Joins Antarctic Sciences Section Aug 12, 2019

Heidelberg Joins Antarctic Sciences Section

Karla Heidelberg has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section as the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director. She has a broad background in marine science and is currently a professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California.

Jackson to Manage Antarctic Earth Sciences Program
Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section Has Announced Two Vacancies


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.