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Santa In The Skies


If you missed the lunar eclipse on Monday night, there's another good reason to gaze up into the sky this week. Anyone in Oregon who says they don't believe in Santa Claus might want to check first with the North American Air Defense Command. NORAD is responsible for keeping the airspace safe in North America. Every Christmas Eve its' radar spots Santa racing around the world and dropping off tons of gifts. So how does he get all that work done in just one night? Lt. Stacey Knott with NORAD says it might take a little bit of magic. "We’ve asked him about that. Santa’s kind of in a different kind of time plane, and so the time is a little different for him. That’s how he is able to get all around the world in that little bit of time." Knott says Santa usually starts his rounds in the Eastern Hemisphere, and when he arrives in North America, NORAD's fighter jets intercept him to ensure a safe journey. Knot says there are about 1200 uniformed and civilian volunteers who work each Christmas Eve to answer phone calls and e-mails requesting information about Santa’s whereabouts. NORAD has been helping Santa for about 50 years. You can link to the NORAD Santa Tracker at KBND.com.


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