NORAD Tracks Santa, Christmas Eve 2008
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2008 -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command is again tracking Santa! On 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 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.
(Report from a NORAD press release.)
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