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UPDATE: 2020-2021 Antarctic media visits

May 11, 2020

The safety and security of the polar research community is NSF’s top priority. In light of the emergence of COVID-19, NSF has taken several measures to ensure the continued health of Antarctica’s researchers and support staff. These measures include limiting travel to the continent in order to ensure research operations do not introduce the virus to this remote region. To mitigate the risks posed by this virus and ensure continuity of mission, NSF has decided to cancel media visits to the field this upcoming season. NSF is committed to media engagement in the Antarctic and will reach out later this year regarding on-site future media opportunities in Antarctica in 2021 and beyond.

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