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The Antarctica Week Festival 2020 Starts November 20th
Sunday November 22, 2020
International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) participants share their experiences living and working in Antarctica! Talks are targeted towards school-aged kids from ages 5 - 12+....

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The Infamy Of The Skua
Friday November 20, 2020
Like clockwork in late November, the residents of McMurdo Station look to the sky and spot something that many haven't seen in months—birds. The arrival of these feathered creatures is greeted by...

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November 18th is Polar Pride Day
Wednesday November 18, 2020
Whether you're a scientist, policy-maker, lawyer, contractor - however you may be involved, Polar Pride aims to celebrate and support the diversity of everyone involved in polar affairs! Coinciding with international LGBTQ+...

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Seal Pupping Season is Underway
Monday November 16, 2020
Despite a reduced research team and logistical challenges this season, the #NSFfunded Weddell seal research team from Montana State University continues its seal population study in the Erebus Bay region of Antarctica's...

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Yellow Light, Green Light
Thursday November 12, 2020
As people continue to arrive at the USAP stations after going through long periods of testing and quarantine, the station communities go into a 'yellow' level status to ensure the safety of...

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USAP Station Webcams

Live Images from Antarctica

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
Palmer Station - Torgersen Island Penguin Colony 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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Sutherland Joins OPP as Program Director for Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences Nov 24, 2020

Sutherland Joins OPP as Program Director for Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Dave Sutherland has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences section as the new Program Director for Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences. A large part of his research over the past decade has been examining ice-ocean interactions near with marine-terminating glaciers, including systems in Greenland, southeast Alaska, and the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Dr. Michael Jackson to Serve as Acting Head of Antarctic Sciences Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Michael Jackson to Serve as Acting Head of Antarctic Sciences

Michael E. Jackson, currently the Program Director for the Earth Science in OPP’s Antarctic Sciences Section, will assume the duties of Acting Section Head Antarctic Sciences Section starting November 22, 2020. He will replace Dr. Alex Isern who has been appointed the Deputy Assistant Director for the Directorate for Geosciences.

United States Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC) Webinar: November 11
Job Opportunity: Business Manager for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics


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.