NORAD is ready track Old Saint Nick and his flying reindeer again this Christmas.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command will be following Santa’s sleigh for the 60th year Thursday.
Hundreds of volunteers will be answering calls and emails from kids around the world wanting the latest info on Santa’s status. The jolly old man in red will also be tracked online at www.NORADSanta.org, with updates posted on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Miles of wire, dozens of computers and 157 telephone lines have been installed at NORAD headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base.
First lady Michelle Obama is expected to answer some of those calls this year.
Kids call 1-877-HI-NORAD or email firstname.lastname@example.org on Christmas Eve. A volunteer checks a big-screen computer monitor and passes along Santa’s location. Hundreds of volunteers work for 23 hours on the day, and the night, before Christmas.
Last year, NORAD Tracks Santa got 1.6 million Facebook likes.
NORAD is the joint U.S.-Canada command is responsible for defending the skies and monitoring the sea approaches for both nations. Its control room was originally inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs in a shelter designed to withstand a nuclear attack. The control room is now at Peterson Air Force Base, also in Colorado Springs.