National Science Foundation 1998 appropriations include funding for South Pole Station construction
The act provides $70 million--over half of the $128 million required for the 8-year project to modernize facilities at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The new station design was altered in 1997 to incorporate recommendations made by the 11-member U.S. Antarctic Program External Panel, which visited McMurdo and South Pole Stations last year. The panel was chaired by Norman Augustine, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. To review the panel's final report, see http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?antpanel.
In the areas of research and related activities sponsored by the NSF, the fiscal year 1998 appropriations act provides $2.546 billion, which represents an increase of $114 million, nearly 5 percent and $31 million more than was requested. House and Senate conferees also agreed to provide an additional $40 million above the current $20 million level to support an expanded plant genome research program and $1 million for the U.S.-Mexico Foundation.