November 2023 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program

Former Australian Antarctic Program doctor, Meg McKeown, took this photo of a royal penguin using a long-suffering elephant seal as an observation post on Macquarie Island.

Lessons from space

Australia’s first astronaut candidate, Katherine Bennell-Pegg, has given our latest recruits some tips for surviving the extreme, confined and isolated Antarctic environment. Ms Bennell-Pegg said there were many similarities between working in Antarctica and space, including the importance of teamwork.


Record low winter sea ice extent

Antarctica’s maximum winter sea-ice extent is at a record low, remaining below 17 million square kilometres for the first time in the satellite record (1979 onwards) according to National Snow and Ice Data Center preliminary data.


Celebrating 75 years

Australia is celebrating 75 years of research and exploration in Antarctica. Take a look at where we’ve come from and where we’re headed on @AusAntarctic Science TV on YouTube.


Southern Ocean survivor

The southern giant petrel is one of Australia’s iconic seabirds. With a wingspan of up to 2.1 metres, it is one of the largest flying seabirds in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Despite this, it is often overlooked and underappreciated.

A taste for shipping

For someone who was once resigned to working in taxation, Leanne Millhouse has had an enviable career in Antarctic shipping and operations. After 41 years with the Australian Antarctic Division, Leanne provides a great example of how a career can unfold, even in the absence of a plan.

Rare ice formation on salt lake

It’s been a year of extremes for 'hypersaline' Deep Lake in Antarctica’s Vestfold Hills – with its highest recorded water level in 45 years, a record low water temperature of -18°C, and the rare formation of surface ice.


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