Track Santa As He Flies Past the International Space Station This Christmas Eve
If you are wondering exactly where Santa is this Christmas Eve and what route he takes to deliver presents around the world, you’d be pleased to know that you will be able to track Santa on the official Santa Tracker by NORAD, that is the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD is a joint organisation between the USA and Canada that tracks objects in the two countries’ airspace using a combination of radar, satellites and fighter jets.
Every year, the organisation, along with a few corporate partners, also takes on the mission of tracking Santa’s sleigh, no doubt to make sure he is safe and travelling unthwarted, especially this year, with air travel restrictions that have arisen since the start of the pandemic.
NORAD has revealed the specs of Santa’s sleigh. It has a climbing speed of ‘One T’ – T being in a Twinkle of an eye – and Max Speed of ‘Faster than Starlight’.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the US, has already confirmed that Santa is immune to COVID -19 and won’t spread the virus as he hops from chimney to chimney. The Foreign Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, had also declared last month on the floor of parliament (straight-faced) that Santa is an essential worker and will not be required to quarantine after he enters Irish airspace, although social distancing still have to be observed.
So, come 24th December, we will be able to track Santa on the Norad Santa app, and we are being assured that he will also be donning a face mask under his space helmet. Watch out specially for the moment that he performs a fly-by of the International Space Station, in honour of the ISS’s 20th year of having continuous life on it, which was achieved in November.
“The ISS is a spectacular example of what humans can accomplish when we work together,” said Hannah Pinkos, Norad Santa app’s lead developer. “2020 has been a tough year, but I think this special trip is Santa’s way of reminding us to believe in ourselves.” Indeed.