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Archive for Thursday, December 25, 2008

Military center tracks Santa’s sleigh ride

December 25, 2008

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— Who says Santa Claus doesn’t exist?

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which monitors air and space threats against the U.S. and Canada, is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa’s worldwide journey to their homes.

According to NORAD, Santa began his latest flight early Wednesday at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. NORAD points out that only Santa knows his route.

Last year, NORAD’s Santa tracking center answered 94,000 calls and responded to 10,000 e-mails. About 10.6 million visitors went to the Web site, which can be viewed in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese and Chinese.

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