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General Polar Science

IPY marks the beginning of a sustained effort to understand large-scale environmental change in Earth's polar regions, which have major societal and economic impacts, and to advance new scientific frontiers, from the molecular to the planetary scale. NASA brings a unique perspective to IPY, which will focus on five themes: 1) NASA explores scientific frontiers in Earth's polar regions.; 2) NASA’s long-term measurements of Earth's poles; 3) NASA creates cutting-edge technologies for exploring the poles; 4) NASA's investment in exploring Earth's poles has built the foundation for a new era of scientific exploration at Mars polar regions; and 5) NASA's mission to extend human exploration into the solar system begins with creating a base in the polar regions of the moon.

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by this program are those of the PIs and coordinating team, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.