The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the mission of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America. Using satellites, high-powered radar, jet fighters and special Santa cameras, NORAD also tracks Santa’s progress around the world every every December 24 through their program NORAD Tracks Santa.
The Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo first began tracking Santa on December 24, 1955 when a young boy accidently dialed their unlisted phone number. The boy was trying to call Santa and dialed a mis-printed phone number from a department store advertisement in the local newspaper. The operations center director was quick to realize a mistake had been made, and assured the boy that CONAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole. Thus a tradition was born that rolled over to NORAD when it was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has dutifully reported Santa’s location on December 24 for millions of children and families around the globe.
Track Santa from your desktop by going to www.noradsanta.org or download a free NORAD app to your smartphonme. The app is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.
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