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2,000 Dives Under the Antarctic Sea
Features / People Profiles
Wednesday November 25, 2015

Party balloons greeted Rob Robbins as he climbed out of the icy waters of McMurdo Sound on October 22. The colorful additions to the typically utilitarian furnishings of the small dive hut...

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Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders
Science / The Biological World
Monday November 16, 2015

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to...

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Two Nations Honor Their Veterans
Features / Life on the Ice
Thursday November 12, 2015

Residents of McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base joined together on Veterans Day to honor the service of their nations' men and women in uniform. Through speeches, prayers and a ceremonial...

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El Niño in Antarctica
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday October 28, 2015

If the weather at the bottom of the world seems a little out of whack this year, blame El Niño. Every few years, the ocean around the eastern and central Pacific warms...

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The Lost Dry Valleys of the Polar Plateau
Science / Earth
Wednesday October 21, 2015

Today the McMurdo Dry Valleys are a unique geographic feature in Antarctica, lowland regions away from the coast with no ice cover. However, unusual mineral mounds discovered along the Transantarctic Mountains indicates...

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International Antarctic Family Welcomes New Members
Features / Operations
Wednesday October 14, 2015

In the past 18 months, multiple nations signed on to the international accords that administer Antarctica and the protocol overseeing its environmental stewardship. At the same time, other countries have started new...

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A 3D projection of satellite data showing the dark briny streaks of water flowing, also known as recurring slope lineae down the Walls of Garni Crater on Mars. The Dry Valleys Helped Scientists Understand a Wet Mars
Science / Earth
Thursday October 08, 2015

The recent announcement of evidence of flowing, liquid water just below the Martian surface made headlines across the globe. When asked what this water might be like, NASA scientist Chris McKay pointed to Antarctica’s briny Don Juan Pond in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.
Support staff unload a C-17 cargo plane at the Pegasus Airfield as the sun rises just over the horizon. Despite Storms, Winfly A Success
Features / Operations
Wednesday September 16, 2015

As Winfly got underway this year, a spate of nasty storms blew through the area, slowing progress and adding to the annual heavy workload. Despite the inclement weather, more than 200 people safely flew into McMurdo Station, including more than two dozen researchers on multiple science teams.
The aftermath of an ice arch collapse. Report Offers a Vision for the Next Decade of Antarctic Research
Features / Operations
Thursday September 03, 2015

An expert panel convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a strategic vision for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) that lays out three "strategic priorities" for future research.

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