NORAD offering chance to follow Santa on his travels

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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Local children can see the progress Santa is making around the globe on Christmas Eve via their computers.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, will begin tracking Santa at www.noradsanta.org, first thing on Christmas Eve as he prepares his sleigh, checks his list and goes through all his preparations to ensure he has a successful journey.
His preparations will be captured by NORAD's Santa Cams at the North Pole and stream videos on the site in seven different languages.
As soon as Santa takes off from the North Pole, children can begin tracking him with up-to-the-minute Google Maps and Google Earth reports.
This year, kids and the young-at-heart can also track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and TroopTube.mil - just type in "@noradsanta" into any of the search engines on those sites to start tracking.
When Santa enters Canadian airspace, Canadian fighter pilots will meet up with him to serve as the jolly old elf's official escorts as he crosses the country.
The pilots will use special NORAD Santa Cams mounted on their aircrafts to take pictures of Santa and his sleigh as he arrives over the continent.
To receive updates on Santa's Christmas Eve journey, children can also call the traditional NORAD Tracks Santa telephone hotline at 1-877-HI NORAD or send an email to noradtrackssanta@gmail.com.
The NORAD Tracks Santa program began on Dec. 24, 1955, after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command 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 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested - the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.

Organizations: NORAD, The North American Aerospace Defense Command, Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station

Geographic location: North Pole, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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