May 2024 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program

Mawson station chef, Justin Chambers, took this photo of an aurora over the station during a period of particularly high solar activity in March.

Fragile plankton ready for research

For the first time, a range of fragile and exotic marine creatures, captured in waters off Antarctica in perfect condition, are being housed in the Australian Antarctic Division’s research aquarium.


Listening to giants

Scientists have released a comprehensive snapshot of blue whale distribution around Antarctica based on almost 20 years of passive acoustic monitoring.


'Stay's' successor heads to Macquarie Island

A much loved station mascot, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances, is heading south again with the help of Guide Dogs Tasmania.


Message in a satellite tag

It’s the scientific equivalent of finding a message in a bottle. A satellite tag, originally attached to a deep-sea skate off remote Heard Island, has washed up on a beach in southern Tasmania, after travelling more than 5,000 kilometres in 10 months.


Island resupply

Despite Macquarie Island's notorious weather, LARCs, helicopters and skilled personnel have resupplied the island with food, fuel, building materials and other cargo for another year.

Modern mapping at Mawson

Seafloor features and potential shipping hazards on the approach to Mawson research station, have been precisely mapped for the first time using RSV Nuyina’s acoustic instruments.

NASA mission for Antarctic scientists

Two Tasmanian Antarctic scientists are part of a team selected by NASA to develop a new satellite mission concept to monitor Earth’s vegetation and ice as they respond to climate change and human activity.


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