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NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center
Started by bigjimslade , Dec 15, 2008 - 9:49 am
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Posted Dec 15, 2008 - 9:49 am
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, CO--Dec 1, 2008 -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command is again getting ready to track Santa! On Dec. 1, the NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) Web site, www.noradsanta.org, will go live and feature fun holiday games and activities that will change daily. On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, NORAD will begin tracking Santa Claus' journey via live video feeds that begin at the following times:
-- 3 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
-- 4 a.m. Mountain Standard Time
-- 5 a.m. Central Standard Time
-- 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
-- 11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time
The Web site, designed by Booz Allen Hamilton, allows fans of all ages to get up-to-the-minute reports and streaming videos from key stops on Santa's trip around the world. Google software will output live images from NORAD's high-speed digital "Santa Cams," and Google Maps and Google Earth will follow Santa as he travels around the world. All of this information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and new this year, Chinese. In addition, for the first time, Canada Post will partner with NORAD to ensure children around the world can send an email to Santa through the NTS Web site. The NTS program is carried out with the assistance of many corporate partners.
The NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) program began on Dec. 24, 1955, after an errant phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested -- the whereabouts of Santa Claus. This began the tradition of tracking Santa Claus, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958. This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of NORAD tracking Santa Claus as he goes around the world delivering presents.
The NTS program has grown immensely since first presented on the Internet in 1998. In 2007, the Web site received 10.6 plus million unique visitors from 212 countries and territories. In addition, the NTS Operations Center, occupied by 1,012 volunteers on Christmas Eve, answered nearly 95,000 phone calls and received 140,000 emails from families around the world.
Posted Dec 15, 2008 - 11:53 am
Thanks!! I was just wondering if I would be able to use this tracker here in Italy. I think it will work;)
Posted Dec 15, 2008 - 7:22 pm
Yes you will. They will post updates during the day in North America.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 4:01 am
Santa is already in New Zealand!
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 6:11 am
DD4 and I have been tracking Santa all morning ling!!!
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 6:17 am
The Google Earth download is pretty cool.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 11:19 am
I remember listening to the Santa reports on the radio when I was a kid! I love this.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 12:01 pm
I remember when Santa got lost when I was a kid.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 - 2:26 pm
Whoops, I just updated the original thread from last year in the "Kids and Parenting" Forum...
I am now the Mommy of 3!! We welcomed our new little girl into the world on May 27th!!
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