2010-2011 Science Planning Summaries
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The Research Vessel LAURENCE M. GOULD docked in Punta Arenas, Chile. Photograph by: Kurtis Burmeister, National Science Foundation
2010-2011 Station Schedules
The United States Antarctic Program operates three permanent research stations on the continent and two research vessels.

Austral Summer Season Openings Austral Winter
Season Openings
Station Operational Science
McMurdo 13 Aug 2010
28 Sept 2010
25 Feb 2011
South Pole 15 Oct 2010 1 Nov 2010 14 Feb 2011
Palmer 17 Sept 2010* 12 Oct 2010 05 June 2011
Year-round operations
Vessel schedules on the Internet:
*A limited number of science projects deploy at Winfly

Estimated Population
  Summer Winter
McMurdo 950 (weekly average)
2,200 (total)
(winter total)
South Pole 250 (weekly average)
820 (total)
(winter total)
Palmer 36-44 (weekly average)
159 (total)
(winter total)
RV/IB NBP* 39 science and staff / 25 crew
ARSV LMG** 38 science and staff / 25 crew
*RV/IB, Research Vessel/Icebreaker
**ARSV, Antarctic Research Support Vessel

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