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A 'Bot In The Ocean
Monday January 11, 2021
For four months, a robotic surfboard-looking autonomous surface vehicle navigated the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, collecting data about the surrounding waters and atmosphere. This data will help researchers better understand how the...

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The 2021 South Pole Marker
Monday January 04, 2021
Every year on January 1, the new south pole marker is placed at 90 degrees south. Each new marker is designed and fabricated every winter by the wintering-over station personnel. This year's...

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Changing the Face of Polar Exploration
Thursday December 17, 2020
Polar Impact, founded in 2019, has the mission to support, connect, and highlight the stories of Black, Asian, Indigenous, people of color, and minority ethnic professionals in the polar research community. Membership...

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An Aerial Assessment Of Adelie Penguins
Wednesday December 16, 2020
Scientists use an autonomous swarm of flying robots to count half a million penguins and map one of the biggest Adelie penguin colonies in Antarctica....

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The Next U.S. Deep Ice Core Drilling at Hercules Dome
Thursday December 10, 2020
Antarctica's next deep ice core, drilling down to ice from 130,000 years ago, will be carried out by a multi-institutional U.S. team at Hercules Dome, a location hundreds of miles from today's...

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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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Job Opportunity: Antarctic Communications Editor Dec 20, 2020

Job Opportunity: Antarctic Communications Editor

Leidos, the prime contractor for the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), is seeking a Communications Editor that will be responsible for writing, editing, and managing the online Antarctic Sun newspaper, creating multi-media products, and serving as photographer and manager of the USAP Photo Library archive.

The NSF Office of Polar Programs is Seeking a Section Head for Antarctic Sciences Dec 12, 2020

The NSF Office of Polar Programs is Seeking a Section Head for Antarctic Sciences

The Section Head, Antarctic Sciences Section, a senior member of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) management team, is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted program funds for the Section.

Sutherland Joins OPP as Program Director for Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Dr. Michael Jackson to Serve as Acting Head of Antarctic Sciences


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.