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Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole
News  /  Wednesday April 10, 2019
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) - a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration - was designed to capture images of a black hole....

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What Bones and Feathers From an Ancient Adelie Colony Tell Us About How Penguins Adapt to Change
News  /  Thursday April 4, 2019
Antarctica's Adelie penguins will soon star in a big-screen film about their life cycle. Disneynature produced the documentary with logistical support from the Office of Polar Programs....

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Kelly K. Falkner: "A New and Exciting Age in Polar Science"
News  /  Tuesday April 2, 2019
In a newly published piece in the policy journal Open Access, Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, OPP director, shares her thoughts on the current state of play in the field of polar science...

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Follow Adelie Penguins on the Journey into the Long Polar Night
News  /  Friday March 29, 2019
An article in the most recent edition of Audubon Magazine focusses Antarctica's Adelie penguin and the researchers who have spent decades studying them, including NSF-funded biologist David Ainley....

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Spacewalk of Astronaut Christina Koch, Former Antarctic and Arctic Science-support Specialist
News  /  Friday March 29, 2019
NASA TV is broadcasting live a spacewalk from the International Space Station of NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, who spent multiple research seasons in science-support at NSF's stations in both Antarctica and...

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

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DEADLINE July 1, 2019: Solicitation for Proposals Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Mar 27, 2019

DEADLINE July 1, 2019: Solicitation for Proposals Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

OPP's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program facilitates writing and the creation of art to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human endeavors - specifically scientific research - on the southernmost continent.

Understanding Adaptations of Antarctic Species Mar 6, 2019

Understanding Adaptations of Antarctic Species

The Office of Polar Programs' Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to encourage the submission of research proposals that would advance scientific understanding of how Antarctic creatures evolve and adapt to unique and ever-changing Antarctic environments.

OPP Seeks Biological Sciences Program Director
Information for Grantees and Potential Grantees on the Effects of the Partial Government Shutdown on Proposal Processing


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.