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Midwinter is Celebrated Across Antarctica
USAP Headlines
Thursday June 27, 2024

First celebrated in 1898 by the crew of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition, Midwinter's Day is tradition recognized by each of the 40 research stations that remain operational through the winter.

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National Security Memorandum on United States Policy on the Antarctic Region
USAP Headlines
Friday May 17, 2024

Today, President Biden signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) on United States Policy on the Antarctic Region, just ahead of the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

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Update on the NSF South Pole Station Master Planning Process
USAP Headlines
Thursday May 16, 2024

The draft South Pole Station Master Plan (SPSMP) has been made available for public comment via the United States Federal Register.

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Join us for a Live Event about the Search for Meteorites
Events
Monday March 25, 2024

Antarctica is filled with visitors from space...meteorites! On April 15 at 1pm EST, Dr. James Karner will talk about his team's month-long search for these extraterrestrial messengers in Antarctica.

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It's a Team Effort to Launch a 940-Foot-Tall Balloon
USAP Headlines
Friday January 19, 2024

Launching a balloon that is 940-feet tall at launch is no easy task. It takes teams of scientists, experts, engineers, technicians and support staff from NASA and the USAP.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: U.S. Antarctic Program Ombudsperson

JOB OPPORTUNITY: U.S. Antarctic Program Ombudsperson

New Office of Polar Programs News
Thursday July 11, 2024

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs is seeking a qualified individual to join the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section as Program Liaison, U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Ombudsperson.


Launch Update on the USAP Sexual Assault and Harassment Climate Survey

Launch Update on the USAP Sexual Assault and Harassment Climate Survey

Office of Polar Programs News
Friday May 24, 2024

The U.S. National Science Foundation will begin gathering data to support the Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) Program for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).


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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.