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NORAD Successfully Tracks Santa Claus

Discussion in 'Headline News' started by Sonya in Tx, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Sonya in Tx

    Sonya in Tx Well-Known Member

    NORAD Successfully Tracks Santa Claus



    Last night a crew of volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) successfully tracked Santa over the span of 31 hours as he crossed the globe at speeds up to 2,326,413 miles per hour. Considering that the speed of sound is 768 miles per hour, it is safe to say that Santa’s sleigh is fast.

    Rudolph and his fellow reindeer definitely earned their carrots for the work they did last night. NORAD has continuously tracked Santa’s annual trip for over 50 years. Tracking Santa’s progression around the globe is a time-honored tradition at NORAD that began in 1955 when Sears and Roebuck & Co. accidentally used NORAD’s phone number in an advertisement for Santa. Ever since then, NORAD has used 47 radar installations, countless satellites, Santa cams, and unarmed fighter jets to determine Santa’s whereabouts.

    The final report from NORAD this morning confirmed Santa’s triumphant return to his home at the North Pole where his wife was patiently awaiting his arrival with a steaming cup of cocoa overflowing with marshmallows. He will need all of the rest that he can get in order to repeat his trip next year while maintaining a pace that is faster than lightening.


    I watched it for a little while last night on the web, and it was very cute. The site is till up and you can see the video's of Santa and his reindeer traveling the globe. :peace:


  2. ihtgb

    ihtgb New Member

    FAKE!! Santa isn't real!!
  3. Sonya in Tx

    Sonya in Tx Well-Known Member



    In 1956, a Colorado Springs-based Sears store ran an advertisement encouraging people to call Santa Claus on a special kind of telephone hotline. Due to a printing error, the phone number that was printed was the hotline was actually for Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). Then-Colonel Harry Shoup received the first call on Christmas Eve of 1955, from a six-year old boy who began reciting his Christmas list. Shoup then didn't find the call funny, but after asking the mother of the second caller what was happening, then realizing the mistake that had occurred, he told his staff to give Santa's position to any child who called in. Three years on, the government of the United States and Canada combined their respective national domestic air defenses into the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), but the tradition continued.[1] Now major media outlets as well as children call in to inquire on Santa's location. NORAD relies on volunteers to help make Santa tracking possible.[2] Many employees at Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base spend part of their Christmas Eve with their families and friends at NORAD's Santa Tracking Operations Center, in order to answer phones and provide Santa updates to thousands of callers. In 1997, Canadian Major Jamie Robertson took over the program and expanded it to the Web, where corporation-donated services have given the tradition global accessibility.[3] In 2004, NORAD received more than 35,000 e-mails, 55,000 calls and 912 million hits on the Santa-tracking website from 181 countries. In 2005, more than 500 volunteers answered questions.[4] In 2006 half a million calls and over 12,500 e-mails were handled from 210 territories.[1] The site now gets well over 1 billion hits.

    The background storyline has changed with the world political situation: during the Cold War when the tracking team provided updates via radio announcements, only North America was mentioned and Santa's approach was described in tense terms with interceptor aircraft scrambled to shoot down the "bogie."[5][6] Only at the last minute would the pilot realize whom he was engaging[7]. Now the Web shows that as Santa approaches Newfoundland in Canada, a flight of Canadian Air Force fighters (CF-18 Hornets as of 2006[update]) rendezvous with him to provide an honour guard and ensure that he has no difficulty with the various Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) he must enter flying through Canada.[8] The 2005 Christmas season marked the fiftieth anniversary of NORAD's annual tracking of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The following year, NORAD Tracks Santa began using Microsoft Virtual Earth-style maps within grahics and animation developed by Analytical Graphics Incorporated that instantly provide Santa's current location. In 2007, NORAD Tracks Santa changed sponsorship using Google Earth to track Santa Claus in 3-D.[2] Analytical Graphics Incorporated allowed continued use of many of its software elements and the privately owned website. They displayed Santa's location at 5 minute updates.

    Languages used at the NORAD Tracks Santa website and videos include English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish (Portuguese was used in prior years).
  4. Sonya in Tx

    Sonya in Tx Well-Known Member


    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hipMSF5vpA0&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hipMSF5vpA0&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
  5. BJR

    BJR Registered User

    I can't believe taxpayers are paying for this shit.
  6. Sonya in Tx

    Sonya in Tx Well-Known Member

    It's all volunteers at NORAD that participate. Calm, down BJR....

    .....and the Google Earth website has corporate sponsors.......

    Corporate Sponsorship:


    The 2009 partners for NORAD Tracks Santa are Google, Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Globelink - Foreign Language Center, Mesbox, Verizon, GE, twtelecom, PCI Broadband, Naturally Santa Inc., First Choice Awards and Gifts, Concept3D, AGI (Analytical Graphics, Inc), Avaya, OnStar by GM, Santa's Traveling Workshop, and General Dynamics. The NORAD Santa Website is owned by Analytical Graphics, Inc. [9].
  7. Sonya in Tx

    Sonya in Tx Well-Known Member

    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/idamgLDhwLI&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/idamgLDhwLI&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
  8. ihtgb

    ihtgb New Member

    Its better than a lot of things.

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