USAP hangar at Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand
|Government agency overview|
|Employees||3,000 (seasonal maximum)|
|Annual budget||US$356 million (FY2008)|
|Parent Government agency||Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation|
The United States Antarctic Program (or USAP; formerly known as the United States Antarctic Research Program or USARP and the United States Antarctic Service or USAS) is an organization of the United States government which has presence in the Antarctica continent. Founded in 1959, the USAP manages all U.S. scientific research and related logistics in Antarctica as well as aboard ships in the Southern Ocean.
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