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2016-2017 Antarctic Science Planning Summary Now Available
News  /  Tuesday September 13, 2016
The 2016-2017 Science Planning Summary is now available. View the new project descriptions and field season overviews to discover what deploying team members plan to accomplish this year....

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NSF, NASA Sign Collaborative Agreement to Support Human Health Research in Polar Environments
News  /  Tuesday September 13, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA have formed a collaborative arrangement to sponsor basic, applied and operational research, as well as development and training, in extreme polar environments where NSF manages...

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GOES-3 Satellite Decommissioned After Linking Antarctica to the World For More Than 20 Years
News  /  Tuesday July 19, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was...

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A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration
News  /  Wednesday July 20, 2016
It is no small undertaking to design and build a 25-foot-long underwater robot, launch it through a narrow hole drilled through 20 feet of sea ice, allow it to maneuver it autonomously...

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Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent
News  /  Thursday July 7, 2016
The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth." Each year, scientists travel to remote sections of the frozen continent to look for these pieces of outer space. They're hunting...

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Research Shows Antarctic Lakes Are a Repository For Ancient Soot
News  /  Friday June 10, 2016
Remote lakes in a perpetually ice-free area of Antarctica show not only the chemical signature of ancient wildfires, but also some much more recent evidence of fossil-fuel combustion, according to National Science...

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Carr Joins NSF's Division of Polar Programs Environmental, Safety, and Health Section Sep 16, 2016

Carr Joins NSF's Division of Polar Programs Environmental, Safety, and Health Section

William "Scott" Carr will assume the position of Management and Program Analyst for the Division of Polar Programs Environmental, Safety, and Health Section on September 18, 2016.


Electronic Answering System Set Up to Handle Temporary High Volume of Calls About Antarctic Physical-Qualification Process Sep 13, 2016

Electronic Answering System Set Up to Handle Temporary High Volume of Calls About Antarctic Physical-Qualification Process

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has set up a temporary electronic answering system to address the most frequently asked questions about the U.S. Antarctic Program Physical Qualification (PQ) process.


Dear Colleague Letter: Support For Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research Aug 8, 2016

Dear Colleague Letter: Support For Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

NSF's Geosciences and Education and Human Resources directorates will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in undergraduate education, informal science education or formal PK-12 science or math education.


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A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.


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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

Video: International Jazz Day is Celebrated at South Pole Station

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