Santa Spat Reveals Important Points
NASA and NORAD, the space folks and the air defense folks, respectively, pretended (I think) to have a bit of a turf war during Christmas week.NASA and NORAD, the space folks and the air defense folks, respectively, pretended (I think) to have a bit of a turf war during Christmas week. After years of issuing an annual press release concerning its tracking of Santas round-the-world flight, NORAD bristled at the news that NASA now proposes doing the same. "Tracking Santa has been a NORAD program for 45 years," said NORADs Sgt. Austin Carter in a statement reported by ScienceNow, adding, "I wasnt aware of NASA involvement."
What moved me to mention this episode was an editorial comment near the end of the online story. "Its unclear who anxious children will turn to for vital tracking information on Christmas Eve, but odds are that NORADs efforts will be considered more important by the administration. After all, NASA can only track St. Nick. Once the National Missile Defense system is deployed in 2004, the military will have the ability to intercept Santa and his reindeershould that become necessary for national security," observed writer Charles Seife.