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Antarctic Stations Celebrate 2020 Midwinter's Day
Friday June 19, 2020
In Antarctica, the winter solstice is the longest night of the year and marks the halfway point of winter. Since the time of the early explorers, those who work in Antarctica during...

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UPDATE: USAP Plans for the Upcoming Antarctic Season
Thursday June 11, 2020
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there will be significant changes to the upcoming Antarctic season. The NSF is committed to supporting the research community's needs through this internationally disruptive event....

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At-Home Classroom Activity: Make Your Own Antarctic Animal Trading Cards
Tuesday June 09, 2020
Looking for something to do with your young kids? Antarctica is home to some incredible animals that call the harshest continent home. These downloadable, DIY cards can be easily printed and assembled,...

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Pumping Iron
Tuesday June 02, 2020
Dissolved iron trickling from glacial streams into Antarctica's Southern Ocean helps algae grow, but not a whole lot makes it there. As more glaciers melt, more iron will flow in. What's that...

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Keeping Science in Antarctica Going and the Continent COVID-19-Free
Monday June 01, 2020
NSF's Science Matters spoke with Erin Heard, station manager of NSF's McMurdo Station, about life on the ice during the Antarctic winter; steps NSF is taking to prevent COVID-19 from arriving on...

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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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Sung joins OPP as Science Policy Advisor Jun 9, 2020

Sung joins OPP as Science Policy Advisor

Dr. Nancy Sung has joined OPP to help develop and coordinate OPP's contributions to NSF's science policy efforts as well as in interagency and international polar policy matters. Before coming to OPP, Dr. Sung served at NSF for eight years, most recently as Science Advisor for Biological Sciences.

DEADLINE April 27: Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program Director Vacancy Mar 31, 2020

DEADLINE April 27: Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program Director Vacancy

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director's position within its Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section at NSF's Alexandria, Va. Headquarters.

Rowell Joins OPP as Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Program Manager
Gregory Joins OPP as Antarctic Transportation Program Manager


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.