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NOVA Explores Mt. Erebus Volcano
Saturday April 10, 2021
Most people associate Antarctica with snow and ice, but perhaps the most extreme geographic feature of the continent is Mount Erebus, one of Antarctica's two active volcanoes and the southernmost active volcano...

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UAVs Monitor Cape Crozier's Adelie Penguin Colonies
Saturday April 10, 2021
Antarctica's Cape Crozier is one of the biggest Adelie penguin colonies in the world. The colony is home to an estimated 600,000 penguins, but getting an accurate count is difficult....

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Icefin Robot: a small, under-ice, robotic oceanographer
Wednesday April 07, 2021
Studying remote parts of Antarctica and its glaciers can require specialized equipment and innovative technologies. Georgia Tech researcher Dr. Britney Schmidt is the lead scientist for Icefin Robot: a small, under-ice, robotic...

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Cruising for Mollusks
Wednesday March 31, 2021
Scientists are going to the ends of the Earth to discover all they can about an obscure group of sparkly, worm-like mollusks. In October, researchers sailed from California to Antarctica searching for...

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Black Hole photographed in Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
Tuesday March 30, 2021
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, has recently released a new view of the first-ever photographed black hole from 2019. Except this time they are showing how it looks in polarized light....

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Media

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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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Tammy Perkins joins the Office of Polar Programs as Business Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program Apr 12, 2021

Tammy Perkins joins the Office of Polar Programs as Business Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program

Ms. Perkins is a native of University Heights, Ohio. She began her federal government career as a business opportunity specialist/program analyst for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the HUBZone program office. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, Ms. Perkins worked for the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) office, a client support center, within the General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) that provides assisted acquisition services.


Appointment of Dr. Maria Vernet, Program Director, Organisms and Ecosystems Mar 26, 2021

Appointment of Dr. Maria Vernet, Program Director, Organisms and Ecosystems

Dr. Vernet, who joined OPP in October of last year, is trained as a biological oceanographer and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, working on phytoplankton photosynthetic pigments and their role as proxies for biodiversity and grazing processes the North Pacific Gyre and the fjords in Puget Sound, WA.


Media visits to the Arctic and Antarctic suspended for 2021-2022
Appointment of Robert Moore, Acting Section Head, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Features

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.