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Proceed As If This Had Not Happened:
In a lecture taped in 2011 Ross MacPhee discusses his book about the rivalry Race to The End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole.

The opinions expressed are strictly his own and do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.
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An essential element of the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program and South Pole Station, is support for science and engineering education.

These resources are geared to the general public and explore Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, the science it supports, and the history of the South Pole from a variety of perspectives, from those of educators to those of writers and museum curators.

Detailed descriptions of these and additional resources including direct links to subsections of the sites listed below are contained in this Resources PDF.

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Illustration Posters

Printable, detailed illustrations of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station by National Science Foundation illustrator Zina Deretsky


PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating), is a National Science Foundation-funded  program in which K-12 teachers spend two to six weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. Read participants' journals and see their photos.

Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists http://icestories.exploratorium.edu/dispatches/
Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists was produced with NSF support during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) The now-archived site contains video dispatches from scientists who worked in Antarctica and who were given cameras and other equipment to document their work.

Education and Outreach by NSF-supported Experiments:

Material from the South Pole Telescope and IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Video: "Proceed As If This Had Not Happened"
A lecture on the Amundsen-Scott rivalry by Ross MacPhee, who curated Race to the End of the Earth, an NSF-funded exhibit at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. The opinions expressed are strictly his own and do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.

NSF Office of Polar Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Office of Polar Programs, manages the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). USAP's mission includes making grants to scientists whose research is centered at the South Pole:

U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Website  
Raytheon Polar Service Co., of Centennial, Colo., NSF's logistics contractor in Antarctica, maintains a Web site about the USAP that includes articles from the Antarctic Sun, a newspaper published at McMurdo Station, the main U.S. research facility on the southernmost continent:

NSF’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503518

NSF's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of Antarctic science and the unique role of the southernmost continent in the scientific realm.

An interview with Ed Larson, author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science and participant in the Artists and Writers Program, can be found at the end of the Resources PDF.