The United States has dedicated a new scientific station at the geographic South Pole – the third since 1957 – officially ushering in a new support system for sophisticated large-scale experiments in disciplines ranging from astrophysics to environmental chemistry and seismology.

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The dedication of the new Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which took place Jan. 12, local time (U.S. stations in Antarctica keep New Zealand time), also reasserts the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) vital role in managing the U.S. Antarctic Program in order to meet the needs of the U.S. research community as well as those of other federal agencies. NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.

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