Wednesday, December 24, 2008

NORAD Tracks Santa

DATELINE CHRISTMAS EVE: Check on Santa as he delivers his presents to children everywhere here. He's just off the coast of East Africa as we head off for Christmas Eve activities this afternoon. Keep an eye on him, NORAD certainly is. AFTERNOON UPDATE: Santa even visits the International Space Station. Is he awesome, or what? NOON TIME UPDATE: Santa has just passed the Great Wall of China.

Follow Santa's progress as he delivers his presents to children around the world here.

NORAD is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD, created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States, provides advanced warning of impending missile and air attack against its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces for defense against attack.

NORAD's mission has evolved over the years. The most recent "evolution" in our mission came as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. NORAD now coordinates closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NAV CANADA to monitor the airspace within Canada and the United States. In addition, the command also conducts maritime monitoring.

The men and women of NORAD are constantly watching the skies and waterways of the United States and Canada to keep us safe.

They also keep Santa safe too.

Want to know where Santa is right now? Click here.

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