Thursday, December 24, 2009

Track Santa this Christmas Eve

Track Santa Claus and his reindeer as they journey around the globe on Christmas Eve.

To see where Santa is now, check out the NORAD Santa Tracking site.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, have kept tabs on Santa's whereabouts.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline."

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

And children, don't worry. NASA has granted Santa permission to fly over Kennedy Space Center's airspace during his globetrotting flight.

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