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Thursday, December 25, 1997 Published at 10:11 GMT



Sci/Tech

Scientists monitor Santa's flying sleigh
image: [ Scientists are using the Internet to pinpoint Santa's journey acorss the world ]
Scientists are using the Internet to pinpoint Santa's journey acorss the world

Scanning the sky for missiles, aircraft - and now fat men in flying sledges are all in a day's work for American scientists in Colorado.

Last year about 15,000 children telephoned the North American Aerospace Defence Centre (NORAD) wanting to know when Santa Claus was on his way.

But this year, children were not disappointed. Thanks to the Internet, children have been given the chance to follow the progress of Santa as he delivers presents to youngsters around the world.

Scientists at the missile monitoring centre are using the Internet to pinpoint Santa's flying sleigh. They are posting photographs of Santa's progress taken, they say, with special cameras mounted on Canadian surveillance planes.

Santa enjoyed some recreation before setting off for his big journey with an afternoon of waterskiing. Donning his Christmas Eve costume, Santa and his wetsuit-clad reindeer took to the Potomac river in Washington DC before heading up to New York to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

Sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defence Command, the Web site provides hourly updates on Santa's progress for fans eager to track his every move.

It can be found at www.stk.com/santa/santa.cfm.






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