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Join us for a Live Event about the Search for Meteorites
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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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
USAP Headlines
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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Mr. William Kinser joins OPP's Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics as a Financial Specialist

Mr. William Kinser joins OPP's Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics as a Financial Specialist

Office of Polar Programs News
Wednesday April 10, 2024

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is pleased to welcome Mr. William Kinser as a financial specialist in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section.

2024-2025 Antarctic Media Visit Status

2024-2025 Antarctic Media Visit Status

Office of Polar Programs News
Wednesday April 03, 2024

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) continues to prioritize the backlog of science and critical infrastructure projects at NSF U.S. Antarctic Program stations. Considering these factors and a reduced budget environment, NSF will not be facilitating media visits to Antarctica for the upcoming 2024-2025 season.


USAP Photo Library

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View current and historical photos profiling science, scenery, wildlife, and more.

The Antarctic Sun

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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.