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National Science Foundation Evacuates Patient from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Dec 1, 2016

National Science Foundation Evacuates Patient from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to provide a humanitarian medical evacuation flight for an ailing visitor from its Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast and then to New Zealand. The patient is Buzz Aldrin, who, in 1969, became one of the first men to walk on the Moon, as part of the two-man lunar landing crew of Apollo 11.


New Study Reveals West Antarctica's Largest Glacier May Have Begun Retreating as Early as the 1940s Nov 28, 2016

New Study Reveals West Antarctica's Largest Glacier May Have Begun Retreating as Early as the 1940s

The present-day thinning and retreat of Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest and fastest shrinking glaciers of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, may have already been underway as early as the 1940s, according to findings from an international research team led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), whose fieldwork was facilitated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) via the agency's U.S. Antarctic Program.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Visit NSF Antarctic Research Stations Nov 7, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Visit NSF Antarctic Research Stations

Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled later this week to visit McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations in Antarctica, where he'll meet with researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Kerry is set to become the first secretary of state, and the most senior U.S. government official, to travel to Antarctica, where the U.S. has maintained a scientific presence since the late 1950s.


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