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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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New desktop study on Antarctica's potential subsea telecommunications cable
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Wednesday December 27, 2023

NSF announces the release of a comprehensive desktop study (DTS) assessing the feasibility of connecting NSF's McMurdo Station to either Australia or New Zealand via a subsea telecommunications cable through the South

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U.S. Antarctic Stations Show Their Pride
USAP Headlines
Tuesday December 26, 2023

Polar Pride Day festivities occur across the frozen continent

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Updated Guidance on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Environmental Update for USAP Personnel
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Tuesday September 26, 2023

There is a high risk that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI H5N1) will arrive in the Southern Ocean during the 2023/24 austral summer.

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Response to Antarctic Sea Ice Community
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Thursday September 21, 2023

Earlier this year, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) received a letter from researchers who depend on sea ice around McMurdo Station to conduct their research.

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GEO Announces Open Positions for Program Directors

GEO Announces Open Positions for Program Directors

Office of Polar Programs News
Thursday February 15, 2024

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is announcing multiple Program Director positions across various disciplines within GEO.

Update Regarding Antarctic Research Solicitation

Update Regarding Antarctic Research Solicitation

Office of Polar Programs News
Wednesday January 24, 2024

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) supports innovative, field-based, Antarctic research that advances fundamental, and systems-level understanding of the rapidly changing Antarctic environment; investigates the relationship between Antarctica and global systems; and supports transformative research in astronomy and astrophysics.


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The official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.


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.