The last century has seen huge advances into outer space with missions being sent high above the earth to find out what happens up there. Most of the information which these mighty craft send back is far too difficult for me to understand.
However, there is one extra terrestrial mission which has been going on for several centuries and in which I take a keen interest. On just one night a year men and women, girls and boys, have gazed up into the heavens in the hope of seeing a string of reindeer pulling a huge sleigh full of presents and a jovial gentleman wearing a highly unusual red flying suit.
The great thing is that recent advances in technology have made it possible for us to see that stout gentleman in his cosy suit as he goes about his business. Although his sleigh travels faster than the human eye can see it, photographic advances mean that special cameras high in the sky can trace his path and take special footage which can be slowed down for us to see. Satellites enable his course to be followed with great accuracy.
The agency responsible for tracking Santa is NORAD (The North American Aerospace Defense Command) and although most of their work is highly secret they share their Santa knowledge with anyone who cares to visit to their Santa Tracker (hover for a link). From early December they make available archive footage of Santa's journeys in previous years, they have a free on-line Advent Calendar of games to help train Santa watchers and lots of useful information about him.
This Frugally Challenged Santa Follower thanks everyone at NORAD for this chance to expand her knowledge and she recommends their website to all her readers.